Ever since she was a young girl, Kylie Kwong has possessed a passion for good food and creativity. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until she began working as a caterer’s assistant at the age of 23 that these passions finally merged. Since then, Kylie has become one of Australia’s most prominent television chefs and restaurateurs. The joy she finds in all aspects of food production, preparation and consumption resonates throughout both her professional and personal life. It is a joy that she can’t help but share.

We sent photographer John Feely to Kylie’s restaurant Billy Kwong to capture some of her favourite dishes being cooked.

 

Ingredients:

  • 600 g wallaby tenderloin, cut into 1cm slices
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons shao hsing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

Black Bean and Chilli Sauce:

  • ½ medium sized red pepper
  • 1 small red onion, finely sliced
  • ÂĽ cup ginger julienne
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salted black beans
  • 2 tablespoons of shao hsing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 tablespoon organic tamari
  • 1 tablespoon organic brown rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 large red chillies, sliced on the diagonal

Method:

Combine wallaby with marinade ingredients in a large bowl, cover, and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat half the oil in a hot wok until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Add half the marinated wallaby and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Remove from wok with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add remaining wallaby and stir-fry for 30 seconds then remove from wok with slotted spoon and set aside.

Meanwhile, make the Black Bean and Chilli Sauce. Remove seeds and membranes from pepper, cut into fine slices and set aside. Add remaining oil to hot wok. Add onion, ginger, garlic and black beans and stir-fry over a high heat for 30 seconds, stirring constantly to ensure black beans do not burn.

Return wallaby to the wok with wine or sherry and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add sugar, tamari, vinegar and sesame oil and stir-fry for a further minute. Lastly, add chilli and reserved pepper and stir-fry for a further 30 seconds.

To serve, arrange wallaby on a platter.

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Photos by John Feely.