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Kangaroo - Gamey and ghastly or posh restaurant food?

kangaroos grazing

Credit: R Blackburn

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Overseas, kangaroo is served in the finest restaurants – while here in Australia it has a reputation for being tough and not particularly good tucker.

Yet the groundswell of support for eating kangaroo continues to grow – the latest advocate being the Garnaut report.

Like Garnaut, I have long been a fan of eating kangaroo - not only is kangaroo meat ultra low fat and high in iron, but kangaroos don’t produce methane like sheep or cows. This means that kangaroos do not contribute to directly to greenhouse emissions.

This is great news if you like eating red meat because cutting out beef and lamb is one of the most effective ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

So how do you cook a tasty kangaroo steak? Stephanie Alexander recommends rubbing it with olive oil and pepper, and cooking it briefly on high heat. Some cuts are also less tough - fillets seem to better than steak.

Kangaroo can be cooked like any red meat dish. However, if you find the gamey taste too strong, try incorporating it into Asian salads, bolognaise, curries, or stroganoff.

My personal favorite is Vietnamese kangaroo salad.

Vietnamese Kangaroo Salad
600g kangaroo
Soy sauce
Sesame oil
1 cup of celery chopped finely
2 carrots grated
1 cup of red cabbage shredded
1 Spanish onion
2 tbsp coriander chopped finely
2 tbsp mint

½ small chili chopped finely
1 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp of mirin (Japanese vinegar)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1.5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water

Serves 4

Marinate kangaroo in soy sauce and honey. Mix dressing in a small bowl and set aside. Cook kangaroo in a frying pan using sesame oil and high heat. It should be well cooked. Slice the kangaroo thinly. Chop the remaining ingredients and combine in a bowl with the kangaroo and dressing. Serve with rice, top with a handful of peanuts and coriander.

Note - pregnant women should not eat game meat including kangaroo.