141 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants
Although Malay is the official language, most of the people here, especially the younger generation, speak English and many also speak Mandarin. Therefore, it may not be necessary to learn the local languages or dialects when ordering food. Always use simple English whenever possible and ask for help if they do not seem to understand you as people here are kind and willing to offer help, especially to foreigners.
There are many vegetarian restaurants and stalls throughout Penang state. Many vegetarian restaurants, particularly Chinese vegetarian restaurants（素 or 斋）, do not use five pungent roots (五葷) such as garlic and onions in their cooking due to Buddhist religious reasons. However, you may find that some of the dishes at Chinese vegetarian restaurants contain dairy or eggs (ovolacto-vegetarian). Indian vegetarian restaurants offer the second most common type of vegetarian food that you will find in Penang. It is common to find Indian vegetarian options even in an Indian restaurant that sells meat. It could be a good option if you cannot find a fully vegetarian restaurant around. Nevertheless, some of their dishes may contain dairy, butter or ghee.
20 Lebuh Dickens, George Town (at Penang Rd), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Western, Buffet, Fast food
Penang vegan restaurant. Special noodle menu for breakfast. Mockmeats made from wheat gluten. This is a self-service buffet,then they examine your plate and tell you the price.
8 Persiaran Mahsuri 2, Sunway Tunas Bayan Baru, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Organic, Juice bar
Vegetarian food restaurant offering set meals. Menu items include snacks, salad, porridge, organic ramen, mini steambot, fried rice set, dessert, fresh fruit juice. Menu partially in Chinese.
Kek Lok Si, Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out, Malaysian
Vegan food restaurant at Kek Lok Si Temple, reported still open Apr 2014. Has air conditioning. If the 1st and 15th of Chinese lunar calendar is on Monday, then shop is closed on Tuesday.
11 Rangoon Road, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Indian, Organic, Buffet, Juice bar, Catering, Malaysian
Healthy food eatery. Sunday is buffet lunch while other days are set lunch. Salads available. More than 10 persons for buffet requires reservation.
38, Lebuh Tye Sin, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Delivery, Take-out, Catering, Malaysian
Est. 2016 serving local food that's vegetarian and vegan, with dishes like asam laksa, hokkien mee, jawa mee, loh mee, among others Uses natural ingredients. Previously at 32 Jalan Moulmein Pulau Tikus and called Pin Xin Vegan Delight.
338, Jalan Jelutong, 11600, Jelutong, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Indian, Fast food, Malaysian
Family run veggie food restaurant. Vegetarian food ranging from Indian, Chinese, Western as well as cakes and pastries. Previously located at Jalan Bagan Serai, July 2014.
No 11B, Medan Angsana 1, Bandar Baru, Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Organic, Take-out, Asian, Fusion
Another branch of this vegan Japanese food and sushi cafe. Located at Farlim big Pasar madam area. Takes reservations.
2A-1 1Fl, Jalan Sungai Ara, Desa Ara, Sungai Ara, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese, Take-out
Flagship of this vegan Japanese food and sushi cafe est. 2010. Offers vegan sushi, tempura, fried noodle, noodle soup, fried rice, porridge, green tea. Sit on tatami mat or regular chair. Has a small library. Better to make advance reservation. Located diagonally behind Chong Cheng primary school.
132, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Buffet, Catering, Buddhist
Lunch at the canteen is pay as you wish. On 1st & 15th of Chinese lunar month, there is a buffet that costs around RM12. Reservation is required for the restaurant.
80 Lintang Mayang Pasir 1 (at Jalan Mayang Pasir 3), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan, Chinese, Fast food, Delivery, Take-out
Located in the Bayan Baru area. Popular during lunch hours. Serves economic meals such as rice with veggie mutton Curry, vegetarian fish, and more. Confirmed open, July 2015.
2, Jalan Krian, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Taiwanese
八德素食馆 serves Taiwanese style cuisine, a large selection of Chinese rice and noodle dishes, and Western style dishes. No onions or garlic is used. Previously named Old Street Taiwanese Delicacies, under new ownership July 2016.
Penang Adventist Hospital, Old Wing, 465, Jalan Burma, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Bakery
Well-known healthy bakery located inside the Adventist hospital. Makes wholemeal breads, sprouted breads, and a wide variety of baked goods. Uses eggs & dairy products.
1 Babington Avenue, Georgetown (at Barrack Road, near YMCA), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Take-out
Offers daily lunch buffet plus Saturday dinner buffet. Other evenings are a la carte. All waiters are volunteers, payment is 'pay what you want' and the proceeds go to charity. Offers food like chapati, noodles, rice, and more. Nice ambiance, clean space.
2-1-27, Tingkat Mahsuri, Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Western, Take-out, Asian, Catering
悟 咖啡与茶馆 is not-for-profit vegetarian tea house with the slogan, "Inspired by goodness and connecting communities." Some dishes prepared with five pungents (五辛) and egg. Can cater for parties, meetings etc. Last orders at least 1 hour prior to close. Profits used to support social projects.
Lot 1-1-29, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, Elit Avenue, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, International, Western, Take-out, Asian, Bakery
Offers a varied menu of vegetarian food and cakes. Has pasta, pizza, sandwich, salad, noodle, and rice dishes. Modern atmosphere with air conditioning. Multiple locations.
Lintang Angsana, Bandar Baru (at Ayer Itam), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, American, Western
咖啡書坊 is a coffee and food cafe that opened in Dec 2014. Serves western meals like burgers, sandwiches, and spaghetti. Books are available for customers to read.