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 the name of my wife Nell and my baby son whom we sadly 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’s 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

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.

Lucky Kwong

2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh, 2015 NSW

Open: Monday- Friday lunchtime 11am- 2.30pm for walk-ins and takeaway

Visit: www.luckykwong.com.au

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