Vegan and Filipino are not two words which are often seen in the same sentence, but that’s exactly what Stella Hoffman has been plating up at the Farm Shop in Dalston over the last few months. Stella’s supper club Kaon Ta has been serving delicious plant based, eco and sustainably sourced food in the heart of Dalston offering with it a fresh take on a food culture which is stereotyped as being meat heavy.
Stella grew up in Australia and first started cooking alongside her mum, there was never a shortage of smells in their Filipino kitchen. She enjoyed cooking and started introducing Filipino flavours to her dishes. About two years ago she started experimenting with vegan cooking and wanted to bring the delicious taste of Filipino food to the vegan experience. She is keen to stress that she is not imposing veganism on anybody but simply wants diners to experience something different.
The Farm Shop in Dalston is home to an urban farming hub featuring revolving urban agricultural experiments, flower and plant shop and a fresh food café. It is dubbed London’s most experimental farm shop. It made perfect sense for this to be the first residency for Kaon Ta. In addition to sampling a true Filipino feast, guests are also dining with the knowledge that they are contributing towards helping a local and a broader Filipino community. BYOB fees are donated to Rio Cinema, London’s oldest community cinema and money also goes towards sending a donation box to the Philippines, to the families who inhabit ‘Smokey Mountain’.
Native Province spent an afternoon with the team at Kaon Ta as they prepared for a supper club that evening. Make sure you check out our behind the scenes video feature and remember everything always tastes better with your hands.
Keep your eyes peeled for new Kaon Ta supper clubs in the new year coming to a space near you!