A Vegetarian Feast in Penang
there are already a plethora of flavours in existence in Penang that will make
your taste buds giddy with happiness, cater to even the most finicky of eaters
and satiate any sort of craving, a rapidly growing population of vegetarians is
causing a mushrooming of eateries serving meat-free dishes that are popular
even among those with carnivorous tendencies. Here are a handful of places you
can go to for vegetarian food while visiting Penang island and mainland.
This place offers a casual yet chic ambience and serves organic, made from
scratch dishes such as soups, pizza with either pesto or tomato base, burger,
dumplings, pasta, rice and noodles. It’s a good place for vegan desserts as
well and their ice creams and cakes are pretty popular especially when coupled
with a cup of their really good coffee.
Where: Ground Floor of Straits Quay Mall on Jalan Seri Tanjung
Pinang in Tanjung Tokong.
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm.
Annalakshmi Temple of Fine Arts
Run by volunteers and practising the pay-as-you-want policy for their buffet
style Indian food at lunch time, you can expect curries, dhal, Indian flat
bread, cooked vegetables and rice that possess comforting homemade flavours.
During dinner time, their menu is switched to a la carte. This is also a
non-profit organisation that promotes arts and culture to the community.
Where: 1 Babington Avenue just off Barack Road, close to Island
Opening hours: Daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9.30pm.
Closed on Monday.
Evergreen Vegetarian House
If you’re looking for choices, hit this place because they offer a myriad
Chinese dishes from noodles, mock meat, vegetables and tofu cooked in every
possible way, dumplings and more. You’ll be spoilt for choice. A good spot for
Where: 39A Cantonment Road in Pulau Tikus.
Opening hours: Daily from 7am to 9pm.
Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen
You’ll find quite a spread of Chinese vegetarian buffet here. However, if
you’re not much in to the ‘economy rice’ style of piling your plate with rice
and accompanying dishes, order from their extensive a la carte menu, they have
pretty good laksa and other noodle dishes.
Where: 33 Lorong Madras, off Macalister Road.
Opening hours: Daily 7.30am to 3pm and 5.30pm to 9pm. Closed on
serve Nyonya, Chinese and western favourites consisting of mock meat, mainly
organic vegetables and tofu. A bowl of their curry laksa preceded by popiah
will right any wrong in your day. This restaurant is air-conditioned and a
stone’s throw away from Luk Yea Yan vegetarian restaurant. It’s a good spot for
98 Noble House on Lorong Madras.
Daily from 8am to 9.30pm. Closed on Monday.
Street Gallery and Café
Just off the increasingly famous Armenian Street within George Town’s heritage
site, within a row of shop houses that neighbours Khoo Kongsi is this little
café serving a mix of local food and a smattering of western dishes such as
veggie burger. It is also an art gallery that exhibits photographs as well as
1 Lebuh Cannon in George Town.
Daily from 12pm to 9pm and closed on Wednesday.
Sri Ananda Bhawan Pure Vegetarian
India has a host of Indian vegetarian places and this one’s a popular one that
opens pretty early for breakfast. You can expect a variety of Indian roti
coupled with dhal, nasi lemak and vadai with chutney. While lunch is banana
leaf rice or rice with vegetables or dishes from their buffet.
55 Penang Street at Little India in George Town.
Daily from 7am to 11pm.
Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant
their comfortable setting, like a majority of places in Penang’s Little India,
this place serves typical south Indian food. Alongside curries to go with rice,
there are a few sorts of poori and thosai suitable for a lighter meal too.
60 Penang Street at Little India in George Town.
Daily 8.30am to 10pm.
Drop Tea House
Its serene ambience will instantly relax you and is further enhanced by a
tinkling, chanting soundtrack piped at low volume through a sound system. They
have a daily rotating menu as well as an ala carte menu. What to try here is their
nasi lemak, Vietnamese spring rolls that hold great texture, prosperity noodles
and fried rice.
16 Jalan Penang in George Town.
Tue – Thur from 9am to 6pm; Fri and public holiday
till 6pm. Closed on Monday.
Thali-NR Sweets Café
This one may be a little hole-in-the-wall but it has a rather large choice of
Indian food such as thali or rice with a variety of curries and vegetables.
After 11am plus, there are over 20 other dishes to choose from on their menu.
Indian roti, poori and such can be expected here as well as vadai that you dip
into spicy but creamy coconut chutney. Give their Indian sweets counter a peek,
you’ll be tempted.
75 Penang Street at Little india in George Town.
Daily from 7.30am to 10.30pm.
Promising dishes that are MSG-free and mostly organic, this place is within a
shopping mall in Bayan Lepas, as well as Gurney Drive. Offering mainly Asian
dishes, their chee cheong fun is quite good and on a local note, so is their
nasi lemak. They serve a variety of noodles and green curry as well.
3F-10A in Queensbay Mall in Bayan Lepas & 3F-60 in
Gurney Plaza on Persiaran Gurney
Daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm.
Beyond Veggie by Secret Recipe
Started by a local chain restaurant Secret Recipe that is famous for their
cakes, Beyond Veggie offers a relief from local, spicy-heavy vegetarian dishes.
On their menu are MSG-free sandwiches, pasta and pizza, and not to mention
western desserts such as creamy cakes.
1-1-29 Elite Avenue on Jalan Mayang Pasir 3 in Bayan
Daily from 10am to 10pm.
Aik Chong Vegetarian Restaurant
on a spot nearby the Nine Emperor Gods temple in Butterworth, this comfortable
restaurant offers a buffet Chinese style ‘economy rice’ as well as noodles and
crowd recommendation includes their curry ‘fish’ and fried ‘prawns’ coated in
oats. For a western menu, step into its newer wing next door to enjoy a hotdog
or ‘chicken’ chop with fries. All mock meat, of course.
6549 Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth.
Daily from 10am to 11pm. Closed on Monday.
A health food store and vegetarian eatery
rolled into one, they advocate healthy eating and their menu consists of nasi
lemak made with cold pressed coconut oil, nasi ulam with plenty of finely
chopped local herbs, mee jawa with slabs of fried tempe or fermented soya
beans, fried rice and quite a few more choices. Couple them with a glass of
fresh veggie juice. Simply lip-smacking.
Where: 49 Jalan Bukit Tambun at Taman Tambun Indah in Simpang
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm; weekends from
9am. Closed on Tuesday.
Image credit: Su Aziz