I decided to go along to the Highgate fair today as I heard it’s one of the best well organised summer fair in North London.
It was really sunny when we set off for the fair. But unfortunately it started raining as soon as we got out of Highgate tube station. So we quickly ran and found shelter under a shop canopy. The rain subsided after around 15 minutes and we decided to make our way to the fair, which was just around the corner. Plus my daughter kept on pestering me to buy her a cupcake with sprinkles on it as promised. Never promise a little child anything as they remember it for ages.
As we turned around the corner, I was surprise to see the huge amount of people that were congregated around the stage, which was set up in the middle of the square. There were a number of different acts such as the pearly kings and queens, moriss dancers and the local school choir that were sitting down waiting to go on stage to perform. It was a good mix of people.
The one thing that I enjoy the most about coming to events like this is the food. Believe me! There were plenty of food stalls on offer that day but there was one stall in particular that caught my eye and it was Makatcha. I first came across this stall at Broadway market a couple of months before. At the time I was already full from eating at Bao so I had no room left for another full on meal.
Makatcha is a street food vendor that serves Indonesian cuisine such as beef rendang, chicken rendang and vegan rendang. I decided to go for their beef rendang as it was recently named the world’s best food according to the CNN travel poll. The beef rendang was served with white rice and you had the option of adding peanut sauce, chilli sauce and achar (picked carrots and cucumbers). Straight away you can tell that the beef rendang had been slowly cooked for a very long period of time as the meat was shredded. There was a good balance of flavours. The first flavour that hits you is the coconut milk and then you start tasting the hint of spices and chillies. The only thing I would say is that it was a tiny bit too sweet for me.
On their website they mentioned that there are a few more dishes that will soon become available on their menu. I will defintely come back when they start selling the mango sticky rice.