These Vegan Sweet Potato-Ulu Patties with Vegetables and Coconut Broth Are a Great Way to Try Breadfruit

Try this sophisticated plant-based recipe from Chance Savell of Ka'ana Kitchen at the Andaz Maui

Photo: Courtesy Andaz Maui

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Breadfruit is difficult to find in the continental United States, due to the fresh fruit’s short shelf life and USDA plant quarantine restrictions. However, ambitious home cooks can purchase cut and frozen ʻulu from Hawaiʻi ʻUlu Cooperative and try this recipe for breadfruit sweet potato patties from the Andaz Maui at home.

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Breadfruit Patties with Upcountry Vegetables, Coconut Broth, and Coconut Gremolata


Coconut gremolata

  • 4 oz shredded, toasted coconut
  • zest of 1 lime
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 oz parsley

Coconut broth

  • 8 oz coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, whole, crushed
  • 4 oz ginger, sliced in large pieces
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 10 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 oz sake

Sweet potato-ulu patties

  • 16 oz Moloka'i Purple Sweet Potatoes
  • 8 oz Ulu (Breadfruit)
  • 2 oz garlic, minced
  • 2 oz ginger, minced
  • 2 oz green onion, finely sliced

Upcountry vegetables

  • 8 oz oyster mushrooms, roasted
  • 1 oz tamari shoyu
  • 1 oz olive oil
  • 8 oz green beans
  • 6 oz arugula


Coconut Gremolata

Zest all citrus and lay on sheet pan in warm ventilated area to slowly dry out (approximately an hour for fine zest). Once dry add to toasted coconut along with finely sliced parsley.

Coconut Broth

Sauté all ingredients minus the coconut milk, then deglaze the pan with sake and then add coconut milk liquid simmer lightly until it starts to thicken slightly then let steep for 30 minutes then strain out all ingredients leaving just the broth. 

Sweet Potato-Ulu Patties

Steam sweet potatoes for 1 hour or until soft and tender. Steam ulu for 30 minutes until soft and tender. Then peel potatoes and break apart by hand in bowl, shred ulu by hand and add to bowl. Lightly saute garlic and ginger then add green onions in saute pan. Add all ingredients to mixing bowl, then add 3 oz coconut broth season with salt and pepper. Reserve extra broth for plating. Shape potato mixture into 3 oz cakes, two cakes per portion. 

Upcountry Vegetables

Clean and toss oyster mushrooms with tamari, olive oil and S&P. Lay mushrooms flat on sheet pans, and cover with another sheet pan. Roast at 300 for 15-20 minutes then cool down. Saute green beans and mushrooms lightly in pan, then toss in arugula at the end to lightly wilt. 

To Finish and Assemble

Sear sweet potatoes on both sides then place in 350 degree oven. Ladle coconut broth into presentation bowl, then place sautéed upcountry vegetables, put warm sweet potato-ulu cakes on, then top with coconut gremolata. 


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