Spotlight City Events have a series of food related festivities set up for 2015. While many look interesting, the first I considered a priority was Curryfest. Just about every culture has an idea of what Curry actually is. If you ask the average person what they think Curry is, they’ll likely equate it to a sauce going with a protein or starch. Like folks in the Caribbean (my background) will immediately think “Curry Goat/Chicken/Beef” The thing is though, that “curry” is actually a blend of Tumeric, Coriander, Mustard, and Allspice with browned Onions and Garlic. It changes from country to country and culture to culture. With Curryfest, it was like getting the best of many cultures take on it. Afrian, East Asian, Caribbean, Indian, were all represented at this festival. I teamed up with The Belly Monsters this time around) to tackle as many dishes as possible. I don’t think we got to every one but I think we came close.
These were my top 3 dishes. It’s funny, the Red Fish Curry from Khao San Road’s new restaurant Nana almost didn’t get eaten at all. I finished up a vlog post (which is now useless) talking about my top 3 dishes. Then this bowl arrived at our table and I lost my damn mind. It tasted like the layers of flavours would never end. I’d have been over the top if the protein was Chicken thigh but that’s splitting hairs. It immediately shot up to top 3. The other 2 were basically cemented from the get go. Curry Goat is a staple in every West Indian household. The folks at The Gabardine did this dish justice and then some. This was the most tender Goat I have ever eaten. If you’ve ever dealt with Goat, you know how hard it is to cook. You can leave it in a pressure cooker for hours on end and it’s still tough. The Octopus, from Oliver & Bonacini’s Bannock, took me by surprise. Like the Goat, the Octopus was insanely tender. It essentially melted in your mouth. The curry base had a bit of spice but was more flavour than hot. Steamed Rice & Potato was a bit more filler than I’d care for but it also made it feel like a complete dish. The Goat and Octopus dishes were also BIG portions. Food festivals are typically light in that area but these two dishes in particular would’ve been enough for a meal on their own.
While these three stood above the rest to me, there was an assortment of other great dishes.
Like I said, we tried to eat just about everything there was to offer. The Laksa Lemak from Hawker Bar was a major point of contention among The Belly Monsters. At one point, the girls had the dish as tops for the day. The boys thought while the broth was fantastic (best at the festival by far), it needed something substantial like a protein or starch (even Rice would’ve done the trick) to complete it. I even left a post up on my Instagram to gauge people’s thoughts. The Curry Chicken Puff Pastry from Pai were delicious but cold as they’d been sitting out for a couple hours. I’d order them by the dozen if I could get them fresh at a reasonable price. Same goes for the Bakwan Sayur (Shrimp Fritters) from Babi & Co.
Friends make good events great. Most of The Belly Monsters were out on Sunday. It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun (or filling) without them. As for everyone else, the place was busy but never felt packed. If there’s one thing I absolutely love about Spotlight City Events, it’s that they don’t oversell their events. There are A LOT of food event organizers that can take a lesson from these guys. It’s not about extracting every dollar you can from your patrons at the expense of their experience. At no point were there unbearable lines. We didn’t have vendors running out of food. There was plenty of room not just to move but find real estate to eat. I couldn’t have been happier with the venue.
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