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.
69E, Jalan Terengganu, Jelutong, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out, Catering, Malaysian
Offers a range of vegetarian meals ranging from organic sets, local and Nyonya dishes to meat substitutes and traditional Chinese desserts.
288A-1-3, Fortune Court, Jalan Thean Teik, Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Thai, Take-out, Catering, Malaysian
眾生圓素食館 is n air conditioned vegetarian restaurant serving Southeast Asian regional dishes. Located near Sunshine Farlim Hypermarket. 1st and 15th of lunar moon closed Tue.
4A A, Lorong Selamat, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Asian, Taiwanese, Malaysian
Chinese name is 古雅料理. Vegetarian food restaurant with air conditioning. Offers house-made food and sauces. Try the gravy made in-house from herbs, spices and fresh vegetables. No MSG or food coloring are used. 2013 Moved from 12, lintang burma, 10250 Pulau Pinang, Pulau Tikus.
39-A Cantonment Road, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Buffet, Asian, Malaysian
Very large buffet with over 30 dishes of various veggie curries, fried noodle, dumplings, mock-meats, tofu, steam-stuffed bread, noodle soups, and few prepackaged items. No garlic and onion. Self-service and pay for food by weight/size of plate. Near One Stop shopping mall of Pulau Tikus, east of Jalan Burma.
11, Kuantan Road, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Malaysian
佛光2元素食仁道通店 offers a variety of noodles like curry mee, hokkien mee, and java mee, plus has buffet rice, nasi lemak, and vege chicken rice. Main specialty is that its offering three vegetable dishes and one rice for RM2.
52, Lebuh Presgrave, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out
A vegetarian buffet restaurant offers a variety of local dishes such as buffet rice, mmee goreng, char koay teow, jawa mee, hokien mee, hokkien char, siam laksa, nasi lemak, fried rice, bak kut teh and nasi ulam. Chinese name: 黃金淨地素食館
11600 Greenlane, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian
A hawker stall selling vegetarian food in the market. Daily serves char ho fun, hokkien char, jawa mee. On the 1st and 15th of lunar calendar serves fish meehoon soup and hokkien mee. Vegans please inquire.
2-G-21 Lengkok Nipah, Taman Lip Sin, Mukim 13, Sungai Dua (at next to Lip Sin Garden's wet market), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Take-out
Vegetarian Chinese food cafe in Sungai Dua serving Chinese rice and noodles, sandwich, deep fried mushroom, and more.
223-B Jalan Burma (at corner of Jalan Mandalay), Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out, Malaysian
Buddhist Chinese, self-service buffet. Staff examines your plate and tell you the price.
19, Lorong Kampung Jawa, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Fast food, Take-out, Buddhist, Malaysian
恒心齋素食餐館 vegetarian restaurant offers a wide variety of menu items, from Chinese economy rice and dishes to noodle soups and nasi lemak. Previously opened at another address.
27C, Jalan Gottlieb, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Western, Delivery, Take-out, Malaysian
品味舒食 operates multiple outlets. Advertises as a wholesome dining place. No add white sugar, white salt, MSG, synthetic. Uses whole grains, brown sugar, rock salt, fruits and vegetables that have been cleaned in an ozone machine.
3F-60, Gurney Plaza, Pulau Tikus, Penang, Malaysia
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese, Organic, Delivery, Take-out, Malaysian
品味舒食 operates multiple outlets; this one opened Dec 2013. Advertises as a wholesome dining place. No add white sugar, white salt, MSG, synthetic. Uses whole grains, brown sugar, rock salt, fruits and vegetables that have been cleaned in an ozone machine.