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Lucky Kwong

Kylie Kwong's new Australian-Cantonese eatery is a walk-in only lunch spot inside South Eveleigh's historic locomotive workshop.
By Ben Hansen
June 16, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
June 16, 2021
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Lunch breaks in South Eveleigh have been taken up a notch with Kylie Kwong's latest venture, Lucky Kwong, opening its doors back in May.

Unlike the now closed, much-loved institution Billy Kwong, Lucky Kwong is set up canteen-style: visitors will need to order and pay at the counter and takeaway isn't only available — it's welcomed. The Australian-Cantonese eatery focuses on accessibility, so the team don't take bookings, it's strictly walk-in only.

"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," Kwong said. "This is a big shift for me as a restaurateur."

You can expect offerings including steamed savoury pancakes with fried egg, Asian herbs and caramel-tamari ($19), plus some of Kwong's signature dishes like her steamed prawn dumplings with Sichuan chilli dressing ($16). Uncle Jimmy's steamed noodles with brown rice vinegar dressing ($16) and caramelised pork belly with Davidson's plum ($19) are among other highlights on the menu. Daily rotating specials are set to showcase local producers and culinary collaborations with other chefs, so you'll always have an excuse to drop in during the week.

The Lucky Kwong team sources organic herbs and vegetables from a newly created garden in collaboration with South Eveleigh Aboriginal mentor and proud Cudgenburra and Bundjalung man, Clarence Slockee. Slockee and his crew at Jiwah is also providing the eatery with native edible plants for its menu.

"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," Kwong said.

You can find Lucky Kwong in the historic locomotive workshop, joining the likes of Matt Whiley (Scout) and Maurice Terzini's (Icebergs Dining Room & BarCiccia Bella) groundbreaking new sustainability-focused bar, Re. in the South Eveleigh precinct.

Lucky Kwong's steamed prawn dumplings with Sichuan chilli and Jiwah native mint.

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