Vegan Guide to Langkawi

UPDATED: October 2017

Langkawi is Malaysia’s biggest island and one of the most popular tourist destinations in this fabulous country, we love Malaysia, it’s one of our favourite places to travel as vegans because of the rich culture and all the the amazing Malaysian vegan food.

Here’s our Vegan Guide to Langkawi to help you out when you visit.

The first thing to mention is unless you are planning to stay in a luxury resort that has perfected looking after vegans, your options in some parts of the island might be a little limited.

Happy Cow only lists 2 vegan restaurants on the island and they are both in Kuah (we’ve reviewed them both below) but there are a number of tourist restaurants in the resort area Pantai Cenang that can cater for vegan guests.

Kuah Town

Whilst exploring, we spotted a few ‘nasi kandar’ places where there was the usual fare of dal and rice to be found. We also a pizza restaurant called ‘Artisans Pizza’ which had some vegetarian options with soy meat which looked like they could be veganised. The night market on Lecongan Putra 3 was worth a visit with options like vegetable fried rice, spiced chick peas and lots of mango and durian sticky rice sellers.

There is a vegan restaurant near ‘Asia Hotel’ but it only opens on the 1st and 15th day of the lunar calendar, sadly it was closed when we were there.

It's all about timing when you want to eat vegan food in Kuah Town.

It’s all about timing when you want to eat vegan food in Kuah Town.

Clean - Moderate - Delicious...and CLOSED

Clean – Moderate – Delicious – CLOSED!

NEW ENTRY: Xin An Vegetarian Cafe

Very friendly owners greeted us upon arrival and made us feel welcome, explaining the menu and recommending certain dishes. The husband and wife team not only cook tasty and affordable vegan food they also offer a tour guide and travel agent service! We didn’t require their help but would ceratinly use them to book onward boats, taxis and tours in the future…

The hotpot we ordered was packed with vegetables and tofu which were not only tasty but very filling. We also selected a ‘fish’ in soy with ginger which was delicious, normally we avoid mock fish dishes as they are a little too fish like for us but this was really good. The rich soy gravy and the sweet and crispy fried ginger worked really well with the mock fish, our lunch was served with white rice and ice lemon tea.

It was good to see this was open in the evenings too as these type of restarants usually close at lunch time.

Xin An Vegetarian Cafe
33 Pusat Dagangan Kelana Mas,
Kuah,
Langkawi.

Opening Hours: Daily – 10.30am to 3pm and 6.30pm to 9pm

Xin An Vegetarian Cafe, Langkawi, vegan restaurant, Malaysia

Xin An Vegetarian Cafe.

Vegetable, tofu, hotpot, Xin An Vegetarian Cafe, Langkawi, vegan restaurant, Malaysia

Vegetable and tofu hotpot.

Mock fish, soy gravy, ginger, Xin An Vegetarian Cafe, Langkawi, vegan restaurant, Malaysia

Mock fish in soy with ginger.

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant a self service restaurant where everything is vegan, you help yourself, eat, help yourself some more and then go and wash up your own dishes.

Then you pay by donation, so you just leave what you like and all the money goes to charity, you are also welcome to take your own lunch box and help yourself to takeout (there were lots of locals doing this).

It’s clean, friendly and the food was decent.

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant
72 Jalan Pandak Mayah,
7 Pusat Bandar,
Kuah,
Langkawi.

Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday– 8am to 2.30pm

Langkawi Vegetarian was well worth a visit (or two)...

Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant was well worth a visit (or two)…

Some of the multiple and ever changing selection of vegan dishes at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant.

Some of the multiple and ever changing selection of vegan dishes at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant.

A plateful of vegan tastiness at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant.

A plateful of vegan tastiness at Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant.

You pay whatever feels right....

You pay whatever feels right….

The Jetty

There are a few vegan food options in the jetty food court at one of the stalls advertising arabic food and there is a branch of Starbucks who do have soya milk but little else. We did however find the good old ‘cup of corn’; the ubiquitous snack found in malls all over Malaysia. Make sure to ask for no butter.

A quick and tasty plant based snack found all over Malaysia just make sure to ask for no margarine!

Quick and tasty plant based snack found all over Malaysia!

NEW ENTRY: Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

This stunning beachfront resort, situated in Tanjang Rhu, is an amazing luxury island escape for sure. Expect only the best in accommodation, first rate service and plenty of vegan food when you check in. Here’s our luxury vegan hotel review of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.

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Our nasi lemak with tofu rendang.

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Delicate and light pancakes was the final dish of our vegan breakfast extravaganza.

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This is a delightful bowl of goodness called ‘Foul Moudamas’.

NEW ENTRY: The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa

Situated on a private beach right next to Kuah Town and therefore perfect for those who want to visit the duty free shoppiong malls, this luxury resort offers guests the best of both worlds. It also serves up a variety of vegan food at each of their dining venues; read all about it in our luxury vegan hotel review of The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa.

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Dahl, rice and parata was available each day at breakfast.

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Water melon and avocado tower at Tide.

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Our salad plate with hummus and pitta bread.

The Danna Langkawi

This breezy and bright hotel is located in Telaga Harbour on the west coast. The beach was pristine, the jungle backdrop was stunning and we were very well catered for with wonderful vegan food. Read our luxury vegan hotel review of The Danna Langkawi.

Delicious vegan dinners await you at The Danna Langkawi.

Delicious vegan dinners await you at The Danna Langkawi.

vegan curry, The Danna, Langkawi, Malaysia

Selection of vegan curries at The Danna.

Delicious vegan pasta at The Danna.

NEW ENTRY: Other Vegan Guides to Langkawi

Rebecca from Vegan Travel writes about her recent visit to Langkawi.

Vegan and vegetarian restaurants listed on Happy Cow.

Not a guide but The Fat Frog Langkawi has good reviews and offers vegan options.

 

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Or why don’t you come and stay with us in our very own Vegan Villa in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we can treat you to the best of vegan hospitality and share with you our favourite vegan spots in Temple Town; check out our listing on Airbnb and come and stay if you’re in the area!

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8 thoughts on “Vegan Guide to Langkawi

  1. Sanjeev Kumar

    Nice blog.
    There is another pure veg Buddhist Veg restaurant, Xin An Vegetarian Cafe., Kuah. You can read my review here.
    https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurant_Review-g1096277-d8727441-Reviews-Xin_An_Vegetarian_Cafe-Kuah_Langkawi_Langkawi_District_Kedah.html

    If you have not visited i suggest you to visit this at Kuala Lumpur. Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Canteen
    My review here.
    https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g298570-d1798598-r315567181-Dharma_Realm_Guan_Yin_Sagely_Monastery_Canteen-Kuala_Lumpur_Wilayah_Persekutuan.html

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  2. Rough translation

    Words from the blackboard:
    (Malay) Please don’t waste the food
    (Chinese) Please cherish the food

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      perfect timing Sean as we were just updating our VEgan Guide to Langkawi and have now included the address for Langkawi Vegetarian and also included Xin An which is close by and well worth a visit too!

      let us know if you find anywhere else as we plan to go back yto Langkawi soon….

      Reply

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