Cooking with Kylie Kwong – Woolworths

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If you haven’t heard already Kylie Kwong who is an Australian television chef, author, restaurateur and was a guest judge for MasterChef Australia is now plating up her signature Chinese dishes to Woolworths customers. The oh so very new range of Chinese dishes includes Aussie favourites such as Mongolian style beef and stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and if you LOVE Cantonese style dumplings then there is prawn dumplings with ginger and coriander that’s ready for you to make it yourself at home within minutes.

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Let’s get the party stared.

To celebrate Kylie Kwong’s partnership with Woolworths guests partied hard at Billy Kwong. The purpose of adding a new dedicated section in Woolworths stores is providing delicious Chinese meals in the space of your own kitchen at home. The experience of the meals will be the same fresh flavours you get at a restaurant with added authentic recipe secrets from Pauline Kwong’s unique approach to cooking Cantonese cuisine.

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Such a long LONG LIST for dinner. *Grins*

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Table is set!

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Billy Kwong’s open kitchen

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Started with a few glasses of white and red.

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Guess which object is Kylie Kwong’s instagram image?

Before we started our long-crazzzzzy tasting menu, Kylie tells us her stories of how she started her passion for Cantonese food and it’s all thanks to her mother, Pauline Kwong. Kylie jokingly tells us a story of when she use to attend Epping North Public School and how after school she’d go to her Russian friend’s house to eat their cuisine food and the very next day in exchange Kylie would bring her friends over to eat her mother’s cooking.

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Kylie tells us the history of how her passion started in her mother’s kitchen.

One Chinese classic dish that can grow better and richer over time would be the master stock eggs. Bathed heavily in pork stock you can tell these half sliced golden eggs have been soaked for what it seems to be hours, but really 45 mintues, said Kylie.

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Master Stock Eggs

We move on to the food kit that can be cooked from scratch and that is great value for money is the prawn dumplings with ginger and coriander. This is a great Cantonese style dumpling that combines a filling of seasoned chopped prawns and secret sauce. My mouth kinda fell open a little when this plate arrived looking so awesome. The sauce had an aromatic smell of fresh grated ginger and chopped coriander and it tasted exactly what I  had smelt.

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Prawn Dumplings with Ginger and Coriander 

Next up we deep-fried silken tofu squares with black bean sauce. The superstar ingredient of this dish was of course Kylie’s black bean sauce. This custardlike deep-fried tofu was simultaneously rich, creamy and light and married so well with the powerful taste of the black bean sauce. The sauce was a deeply savoury taste which had a pungent salty flavour.

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Deep-Fried Silken Tofu Squares with Black Bean Sauce

I had a weakness for the seared prawns when there was only one left remaining on the plate. It was crazy insane to see the perfectly tender prawn that’s been sweetly caramelised with honey and ginger sauce disappear and devoured in record time.

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Seared Prawns with Honey and Ginger Sauce

It was lovely guests had the opportunity to meet Pauline Kwong who is Kylie Kwong’s mother. She’s one beautiful lady who knows how to tell jokes. Pauline explains how every Chinese New Year and Christmas she’d be in her own kitchen for hours stir-frying or deep-frying to cater over 50+ relatives.

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Kylie introduces her mother, Pauline Kwong.

This fried rice is overloaded with nutritious vegetables that includes carrot, mushroom, buk choy and tofu. The fried rice is really simple and traditional, however I found it to be a tad soggy, but that didn’t matter because flavour was more important for my tastebuds.
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Vegetable Fried Rice

A popular Chinese stir fry with a spicy edge would be the stir-fried beef with black bean and chilli sauce. This was my least favourite because I can’t handle spicy food as much as I want to but I am trying. But if you enjoy the sharp, pungent and spicy flavours then you go for it because I did feel a punch to the mouth. Besides that wild flame on my tastebuds I really liked that somewhat syrupy flavour of the black bean sauce. I tell you this dish totes goes well with a bowl of plain rice.

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Stir-Fried Beef with Black Bean and Chilli Sauce? 

Something really simple yet I rarely see these days in Asian restaurants is the stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts. I was so easily distracted eating the cashew nuts because of its crunchy texture and the chunks of juicy tender chicken that I had forgotten my bowl of rice. It just shows how this dish can be on its own.

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Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts

The stir-fried eggplant with black bean sauce was dangerously tasty. I mean WHOAH that black bean sauce goes so very well with eggplant. The slices of eggplant was evenly covered in the sauce and it contained a sticky outside and as you bite into it it was warm and gooey.

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Stir-Fried Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce

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Action shot of Kylie Kwong in her Billy Kwong kitchen.

It only takes seconds to notice the crispy chicken with sweet and sour sauce. The sauce are a deep red in colour and if you dunk a piece of the chicken into it then it’s going to be a satisfyingly sticky situation.

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Crispy Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Now Mongolian style beef is something I don’t often cross paths with but I do like the savoury flavours of the soy sauce and sweetness from the hoisin sauce. This dish is another perfect example of having it with a bowl of steamed rice. There’s a lot of bright colourful vegetables in this dish like carrot, red capsicum and spring onion.

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Mongolian Style Beef

Stir-fried chicken with honey and ginger sauce was really mind-blowing with chicken with thick strands of spring onions. And might I add that sauce was pure perfect comfort with rice as well.

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Stir-Fried Chicken with Honey and Ginger

Incredible fragrant of the pork belly soaked in master stock arrived soon after. It was hard to believe nothing was added into this dish for instance any extra spices or sauce because it tasted like it has been marinated for days.

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Master Stock Pork Belly

Even the vegetables in master stock provided the same full flavour. Kylie suggested if you use her ranges especially the master stock, it is best to let the meat, vegetables or egg soak for 30 minutes before cooking.

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Master Stock Vegetables

For our final savoury dish we were introduced with stir-fried mussels with black bean sauce. There was a lot of flavours going on with the fresh mussels and sauce. I was overjoyed for the first time to have black beans and mussels together.

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Stir-Fried Mussels with Black Bean Sauce

Not only was I super happy to meet Kylie Kwong but I also got to meet Lorraine Elliott from Not Quite Nigella. If you don’t know already I am such a FAN GIRL of her blog. Lorraine and I have crossed paths before at Maille High Tea, however I was sooooo nervous to introduce myself to her and plus it would have been freaky to go up to her and say I stalk your blog. Haha. Moving on! Lorriane is an incredibly talented food writer. She tells me her stories about her blog, her husband and how she started Not Quite Nigella. It was truly jaw-dropping to finally have a lonnnng conversation with ONE-OF-A-KIND full time food and travel writer. OH MYYYY GODDDDDD somebody pinch me I really can’t believe we took a selfie together 😀 😀 😀

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Selfie time with the beautiful Lorriane from Not Quite Nigella

Photo credit: Lorriane from Not Quite Nigella

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Guess who’s got her very own personalised chopsticks?!

I had to take a photo with Kylie Kwong just to prove I wasn’t dreaming. But before a happy snap, Kylie was super-excited as she grabs my hand and gives me a personal tour of Billy Kwong’s open kitchen at Potts Point. Kylie is one passionate Chef who revealed her secrets and rewards of hard work. She gave us a glimpse of her family’s Australian-Chinese festivities and taught me how to use her NEW Cantonese cuisine ranges available only at Woolworths. I cannot wait to give these products a go at home. 

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Kylie Kwong with Nessy Eater Girl. 

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended Kylie Kwong’s Woolworths tasting menu, thanks to One Green Bean.

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Product Review: Created with Jamie, Woolworths

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Enjoying a home cooked meal is about spreading the passion for superb flavours, freshly grinded spices, decadent sugary sweets and savory dishes. With the launch of Created with Jamie, meals at home has never been easier. The Created with Jamie range is about bringing fresh, wholesome, mouth-watering SUPER easy-to-cook food products for you to cook at home without a fuss. Designed by the one and only Jamie Oliver, he and Woolworths are delighted to help you find locally sourced Aussie ingredients and wholesome favourites at affordable prices. It is so difficult to find time to create home cooked meals from scratch, especially every single day of the week. Therefore with Created with Jamie there’s 29 nutritious appetising menu options available exclusively at Woolworths. Let me just point out, I had SO MUCH FUN in the kitchen with Jamie Oliver’s brand new range. Whether you’re an experienced home cook or just starting out, this is absolutely perfect if you want show off your kitchen skills in front of family, friends or someone special.

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Introducing Jamie Oliver’s “Created with Jamie” Range, exclusive to Woolworths.

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Let’s start off with something easy…SOUP!

For this winter, an excellent starter is Smokin’ Potato & Chorizo Soup ($5.79) each – With chunks of sweet potato, slices of tasty chorizo and flavoured with smokey paprika and fresh coriander. I am sure you’ll feel extra warm this winter. Packed with a delicious blend of Mexican spice from the chorizo and refreshing hit of coriander, it doesn’t get much better than this! To simply serve this soup hot, just MICROWAVE or STOVE TOP cook it.

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Smokin’ Potato & Chorizo Soup ($5.79) each

It’s essential to have the Sweet Solanato Tomato & Basil Focaccia ($6) each with the soup. Made from scratch, the focaccia is a great combo with any soup. Simply eat it as it is or for me I like to oven-bake it for a few minutes and quickly dunk it in the soup. Just sensational!

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Smokin’ Potato & Chorizo Soup  ($6) each

There’s never too much tomato in the Mexican-Style Tomato Soup ($5.79) each– Using fresh rich tomatoes with roasted red capsicum, jalapenos and ground basmati rice. This brilliant and simple soup results in serious subtle spice that actually hits the spot on the flavour front. I think I got the lucky spice drive 😀

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Mexican-Style Tomato Soup ($5.79) each

Feeling satisfied and guilty as hell for easy peasy cooking. Well, there’s more! Let’s move on to the mains. I am currently hooked on the Marvellous Moroccan-Style Lamb Steaks ($22.99 per kilo) – You don’t know how mind blowing this lamb is. This gorgeous Aussie glazed lamb is infused with Moroccan spice and to take it to the next level, it is then covered with crushed nuts and dried fruits. This lamb steak has an incredible texture and great depth of flavour. The only cooking technique you need to learn is pan frying the lamb, 4.5 minutes each side for medium rare. I never knew I could cook lamb like this at home. Each bite was more delicious than the last. Flavours accented by a slightly fruity, nutty note.

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Marvellous Moroccan-Style Lamb Steaks ($22.99 per kilo) 

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Do you think I’ve mastered the art of cooking this Marvellous Moroccan-Style Lamb Steak?

An interesting take on was the Crispy Garlic Chicken Fillets ($20.95 per kilo) – Ok, so I attempted to make the outside crunchy, but that kind of failed. On a happier note, the chicken fillets were seasoned to perfection with a proprietary blend of garlic and pepper. The fillet is definitely juicy and tender and I highly recommend a squeeze of lemon for a tantalizing treat.

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 Crispy Garlic Chicken Fillets ($20.95 per kilo)

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So juicy and tender the chicken fillet

A dish that radiates with aromatic spices is the Black Pepper Butterflied Beef Rump ($22.90 per kilo) – Thoroughly bathed in cracked black pepper, you’ll have to taste it to believe it. For a medium rare result, cook 6 minutes each side or depending on the thickness of the meat. I got knocked down with the mouthful of black peppercorn because it represents a rich peppery taste. Even after finishing the rump the flavour does not diminish rapidly, so be PREPARED. Overall, if you’re a pepper lover then the rump is one attractive tasty product worth cooking.

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Black Pepper Butterflied Beef Rump ($22.90 per kilo)

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Why not add some sides to this Black Pepper Butterflied Beef Rump?

A sublime treat to finish off your dinner is a classic dessert that always pleases, you know what I’m talking about…brownies. With rich Belgian chocolate and in between bursts of cranberries, cherries and smashed nuts to add a crunch to your treat. There’s no polite way to eat the Bloomin’ Brilliant Brownies ($6) eachA fudgy and cakey texture that at the first bite there’s the overwhelming taste of chocolate and it tastes divine that there are no words to describe it. For a better CHOCOLATE PLEASURE, I recommend you to microwave it for 40 seconds tops, add a scoop of Bulla Creamy Classic Vanilla and frozen or fresh raspberries. It may feel heavy, but the spongey textured cake soaked in thick chocolate sort of melts. Sinfully delicious that I am in a happy zone.



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Have a slice of Bloomin’ Brilliant Brownies


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Teasing you with a even close-up shot 

Now that I’ve reviewed some of Jamie Oliver’s – Created with Jamie products, my most favourite dish is the Marvellous Moroccan-Style Lamb Steaks. It’s packed with full flavours and all you have to do at home is pan fry it for a few minutes. How simple is that?

What I’ve noticed with Created with Jamieproducts is that everything can be simply cooked within 30mintues. The instructions are SUPER EASY to follow and everything is MARTINATED for you. I think I’m starting to like being in the kitchen 😛

 Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater received media tasting menu- “Created with Jamie

(opportunity provided by One Green Bean).

Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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