Five vegan dishes to try in Christchurch this World Vegan Month Leave a comment


Portershed’s quarter pounder burger is a popular item on the Lincoln Rd cafe’s menu.

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Portershed’s quarter pounder burger is a popular item on the Lincoln Rd cafe’s menu.

November is World Vegan Month, so it’s the perfect opportunity for people to try some delicious plant-based dishes they might not already know about.

Vegan food is one of the fastest-growing areas in the food industry and there are now plenty of places around Christchurch that offer great options for those who don’t eat meat, want to reduce how much meat they eat, or just want more variety in their diet.

Here are five delicious and completely vegan dishes everyone in Christchurch (vegan or not) should try.

What’s your favourite vegan dish in Christchurch? Or do you have another food or beverage story to share? Email reporters@press.co.nz

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Portershed’s quarter pounder burger

Portershed’s signature burger is one to take your time with – and one you’ll need to hold in both hands as you make your way through it.

It’s stuffed with a hearty hemp burger patty that tastes just like a smoky beef patty with the texture to match.

Lettuce, tomato and gherkins, and melted cheese are stacked on top of it alongside dollops of vegan mayonnaise and chutney and then sandwiched between a soft burger bun.

The light and fluffy pancakes at The Origin on Cranford St come with coconut cream, crunchy seeds and fresh fruit.

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The light and fluffy pancakes at The Origin on Cranford St come with coconut cream, crunchy seeds and fresh fruit.

The Origin’s pancakes

The Origin’s vegan pancakes are so large and fluffy you’ll have no idea they don’t have a single egg in them to give them their cloudy texture.

The lightly sweetened pancakes come piled with a variety of fresh fruit, a big spoonful of coconut cream, and garnished with a variety of seeds that give the dish a satisfying crunch.

Ramen Ria has two kinds of vegan ramen, including miso ginger ramen, pictured.

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Ramen Ria has two kinds of vegan ramen, including miso ginger ramen, pictured.

Raman Ria’s vegan ramen

The menu at Ramen Ria at Riverside Market features two delicious vegan ramen dishes – spicy vegan tantanmen ramen and miso ginger ramen – as well as vegan dumplings and bao.

Both ramen options have a great mix of hearty broth, fresh vegetables, noodles, and a decent kick of spice.

They’re satisfying bowls of ramen, with salty and slightly sweet flavours and multiple textures in each bite.

The portion sizes are large and come with an excellent soup to noodles ratio that will make you want to go back for more.

Utopia Ice’s waffles and icecream are available at both its High St and Sumner branches.

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Utopia Ice’s waffles and icecream are available at both its High St and Sumner branches.

Utopia Ice’s waffles and icecream

Utopia Ice’s vegan waffles and icecream – which are both also gluten-free – look just as delicious on the plate as they are to eat.

Crisp and crunchy on the outside and sweet and soft on the inside, the waffles come with a scoop of your choice of icecream.

Topped off with a swirl of whipped cream, fruit – poached or fresh – and a sprinkle of toasted nuts, this dish makes the perfect sweet treat that is fresh and fulfilling at the same time.

Good Time Pie’s award-winning vegan sausage rolls are stocked at Karma Free Cafe in New Brighton.

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Good Time Pie’s award-winning vegan sausage rolls are stocked at Karma Free Cafe in New Brighton.

Sausage rolls at Karma Cafe

People looking to get their sausage roll fix need to look no further than Karma Free Cafe, which stocks Good Time Pie’s award-winning vegan sausage rolls (these rolls are also available at Z petrol stations around New Zealand).

The rolls have the perfect flaky pastry and such flavourful vegan sausage stuffing that you’ll have to resist the urge to check you definitely got the vegan version.

Regardless of whether you’re an enthusiastic carnivore or sausage roll connoisseur, it would be very hard not to be won over by this sausage roll.

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Reporter Josephine Franks went along to the 2019 vegan pie awards to see how the judges were getting on. (First published November 1, 2019)



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