Nothing beats Hainanese chicken rice balls for deliciousness in my book. These ones by the Hainanese Loh family father-and-son duo at Mei Sin Cafe, within spitting distance of the grand old Majestic Hotel, were to-die for.
Ping pong-sized chicken rice balls were formed from cooked chicken rice, which were then pulverised till partly-mushy, then hand-formed into balls. These were absolutely scrumptious,
Hainanese-style poached chicken, chopped up then drizzled with light soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic oil, chicken fat and topped with finely-julienned ginger and scallions.
We also had the 𝘬𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘱𝘢𝘵, called 𝘭𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨 in Melaka: triangles of glutinous rice and black-eyed peas, mixed with coconut milk & sugar, then wrapped in palm leaves and steamed:
Fat, luscious curry puffs with wedges of hard-boiled egg nestled within the spiced potato filling.
This traditional coffeeshop is outside the tourist belt area, and has a pleasant “local” feel to it.
Mei Sin Cafe
Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai (intersection with Lorong Bendahara), 75100 Malacca, Malaysia
Operating hours: 7am to 2.30pm daily, except Wed (closed)