Billy Kwong bookings
From Sunday through to Fridays you are able to make a reservation for a: 6pm OR 8pm sitting. A handful of tables are available each night for bookings, leaving the rest of the tables free for walk-ins. For bookings call Billy Kwong (02)9332 3300.
Insects come to Billy Kwong!
As part of our ongoing quest to bring you local and sustainable food, we have been gradually integrating Australian native plants and animals into our cooking at Billy Kwong, and are now taking the next step. Considered a delicacy in indigenous Australia and across the vast majority of the world's culture, edible insects are a rich source of nutrition.
When renowned Brazilian chef Alex Atala told me he sometimes serves spiders, I was intrigued, and when I read about Rene Redzepi offering live ants to diners at a Noma pop-up during the London Olympics, I decided we should have insects on our menu. In keeping with the Billy Kwong philosophy, we've kept it local:'bug girl' Skye Blackburn is supplying us with sustainable and delicious Parramatta-born-and-bred crickets and mealworms. Come and try them for yourself: the crickets taste like dried shrimp or crispy fried shallots, while the mealworms have a mushroomy flavour.
New vegetarian banquet
To highlight the amazing array of superb-quality native Australian plants and wild weeds we now have access to ( thanks to Outback Pride and Champion's Mountain Organics ), we are offering a Billy Kwong vegetarian banquet in addition to our regular banquet option. We are currently cooking with: samphire, Coorong beach succulent, old man salt bush, Coorong bower spinach, warrigal greens & lemon myrtle, amaranth, dandelions, watercress, fat hen and summer purslane - all of these greens are complemented by the intense flavours of Australian native fruits such as muntries, Davidson's plum, passion berries and quandongs. Uncle Jimmy's biodynamic noodles, delicate dumplings and silken tofu with shaved, fine grained kombu seaweed are also offered as part of this banquet.
Pasture-fed wallaby on the menu
This premium quality meat is sourced from family-owned Flinders Island Meat Company, which is situated in the Bass Strait. The salt-laden winds of the roaring forties lightly dust the grasslands with sea salt, adding extra seasoning and a distinctive flavour to the meat of the animals that graze on them. Wallaby meat is virtually carbon-neutral, since its production requires 70-90% less water than lamb or beef and results in significantly less methane gas emissions. Being extremely low in cholesterol and fat, and high in protein, it is also a very healthy meat - and seriously delicious!
Come and eat with us to try for yourself the ingredient that so impressed Bruce Palling of the Wall Street Journal on a recent visit to Melbourne: " This is meat with sensational flavour ... It has to be the best-tasting indigenous meat in Australia".
Billy Kwong at Eveleigh Farmers Market - new Winter dish!
To welcome in the cooler months I have a 5th dish on offer each Saturday - 'Red-Braised Flinders Island Wallaby Shanks with Black Bean & Ginger Vinaigrette & 'Munyeroo' ( Native Purslane ).
Each Saturday we have a Billy Kwong stall at our local Eveleigh Farmers Market, selling Steamed Savoury Pancakes with Fresh Vegetables, Salt Bush Leaves, Organic Egg & Caramel-Tamari Sauce, Steamed Certified-Free Range Pork Dumplings with Ginger and Tamari Dressing and Fair Trade Organic Green Tea. We also offer; Steamed Chinese Pork Buns, made with Saskia Beer's Free Range Black Berkshire Pork, Organic Honey, Organic Tamari, Biodynamic Red Wine, Five-spice, Sichuan Pepper, Organic Sesame Oil and Organic Brown Rice Vinegar.
To celebrate Eveleigh Market's "4th birthday"- 2nd March 2013 - I created a new dish which I will be selling every Saturday as well as my existing dishes below: 'Steamed Sticky Rice Parcels filled with Hand'n'Hoes Organic Macadamia Nuts, Goji Berries, Champion's Warrigal Greens, Crushed Crickets & Homemade Chilli Sauce'
The market is open between 8am -1pm and is located in the characterful and charming Carriage Works theatre and art precinct; my crew and I would love to feed you! www.eveleighmarket.com.au