“The saltbush leaves Mike has developed, his amazing warrigal greens, the rosella flowers, the lemon aspens, the desert fruits, the finger limes. The flavours are unique. It really has made me re-assess the whole notion of what Australian-Chinese food is.
I just love Outback Pride founders Mike and Gayle Quarmby’s salt bush leaves" says chef Kylie Kwong. "Mike spent 12 years alongside the CSIRO developing a special strain of salt bush for the gourmet food industry and the result is incredible: delicate, naturally salty, creamy-tasting leaves that are so versatile. Discovering native foods has completely revolutionised the way I cook at Billy Kwong, and after 12 years, such a discovery in one's art, is extremely invigorating and exciting."
Kylie Kwong has been the owner of Sydney’s celebrated Billy Kwong restaurant since 2000 and is a passionate campaigner for sustainable food and ethical eating. Her style of cooking celebrates locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce, with a major focus on Australian native bush foods. She is the author of six books and presenter of three television series, and in 2014 was named by Food & Wine magazine as one of the world’s 25 most innovative women in food and wine.
When Billy Kwong first opened its doors in 2000, in a small shopfront on Crown Street in Surry Hills, Sydney, we breathed life into our vision of a vibrant Chinese eating house. Taiwanese designer Chen Lu devised ingenious ways of overcoming the space constraints to create a magical lacquered box of a restaurant. But after 14 years on Crown Street, the time came to gather up our woks, give away our infamous three-legged stools, and move to a bigger space in Potts Point, somewhere we could grow and take Billy Kwong to the next level.
In partnership with Andrew Cibej and David King, the new Billy Kwong is all about celebration, collaboration and community. With a warm, rich and intuitive fit-out by interior architect George Livissianis and collaborations with local businesses and services including The Wayside Chapel, St Vincent’s College, St Canice Parish and Rushcutters Bay Pre-School, this marks the start of a new and exciting era…