Kylie Kwong, Australia’s much-loved modern Chinese chef and restaurateur, is opening her new eatery, Lucky Kwong, on May 25 at South Eveleigh in Sydney.
Lucky Kwong is a casual Australian-Cantonese cafeteria-style eatery, featuring some of Kylie’s best-known dishes for dine-in or takeaway. This is the first time since Kylie’s beloved Carriageworks Farmers Market stall that her food will be so accessible.
Kylie says, “For me, Lucky Kwong is all about true nourishment. This eatery is a celebration of everything I love in life with care, community, collaboration and delicious, life-giving food at its heart. This is a big shift for me as a restaurateur. Lucky Kwong allows me to live in a more balanced and holistic way, with food and nourishment still at the centre of what I do, but equally co-existing with my other great passion – community engagement. I feel incredibly excited about this new way of being, and to feed diners in my new special space.
”Lucky Kwong is named after the baby son my wife Nell and I lost in 2012. Since this life-changing event I have been on the most extraordinary personal journey, which has prompted me to re-focus, re-evaluate, and re-assess. Lucky has taught me about the preciousness of every single moment and to take every opportunity to live a full, rich and meaningful life. My new place is an acknowledgement and celebration of this transformational journey and yes, because I now feel genuinely Lucky.”
The menu will be small, with daily specials showcasing producers and fellow chef collaborators and will feature some Kylie Kwong favourites – from prawn dumplings and Uncle Jimmy’s noodles to caramelised pork belly with Davidson plum, stir-fried Boon Luck Farm vegetables with tofu, and steamed savoury pancakes with toppings like Fish Butchery’s yellowfin tuna and XO. Kylie will continue to work with small, sustainable producers, many of whom she has long-standing relationships with, and will incorporate native edible plants as she has done for the past 10 years.
Lucky Kwong, offering lunch Monday to Friday, is a no-bookings, walk-in set-up, where diners order and pay at the counter to make for a quick and easy experience.
After 19 years as chef and restaurateur of Billy Kwong, first on Crown Street, Surry Hills, then on Macleay Street, Potts Point, Kylie decided to locate her new eatery in the dynamic new neighbourhood of South Eveleigh, from which Lucky Kwong draws immense inspiration. Sitting on Gadigal country, South Eveleigh has a long and continuing connection with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It was the birthplace of Australia’s national rail network in the 19th century. The Eveleigh Railway Workshops were a source of employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ and many of these people who travelled into Redfern from the country had family connections here, including Kylie’s long-time friend and mentor, local Elder and educator, proud Gamilaroi woman Aunty Beryl Van Oploo.
Lucky Kwong is located in the historic Locomotive Workshop and is inspired by the extraordinarily rich terrain of the Redfern-Eveleigh neighbourhood.
South Eveleigh Aboriginal mentor, environmental educator, and long-time collaborator of Kylie’s, proud Cudgenburra and Bundjalung man, Clarence Slockee and his crew at Jiwah look after all the grounds at South Eveleigh and will provide some of Lucky Kwong’s native edible plants as well as helping establish an organic vegetable garden in close proximity to source some of Lucky Kwong’s herbs and vegetables.
Kylie says, “Beyond being a great gathering place for delicious food, I want Lucky Kwong to nourish and feed people’s spirit, to be a force for good. It’s a simple and humble offering that is very clear in its intention and motivation to positively contribute to society. I want to inspire through the sustainable produce we serve, highlighting native foods, the quality of the art and design, local collaborations with like-minded chefs and colleagues, and continual engagement with the many diverse and dynamic communities surrounding South Eveleigh.”
2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015
02 8377 1878
Open: Monday to Friday lunchtime 11am–2.30pm for walk-ins and takeaway
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