Vegan Guide to Penang

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Published October 2022

Here is our Vegan Guide to Penang which despite having visited many times over the last 20 years we have just never got around to publishing until now. Quite simply we have always been too busy eating to take the necessary notes and photos required. The island of Penang, off the northwest coast of Malaysia is quite simply a vegan foodie’s paradise, who doesn’t love this place? We’ll tell you. No one. Granted UNESCO Heritage status in 2008, Georgetown in Penang is one most people’s ‘must visit’ list for Malaysia for the culture and for the food. There’s so much to eat (for vegans and non-vegans alike) that you’ll probably need to add in a few extra mealtimes during the day. Our Vegan Guide to Penang gives you the lowdown for vegan eating in this corner part of Malaysia, including our favourite places that we just can’t wait to return to.

Vegan Restaurants in Penang

Brown Poodle

Brown Poodle
B-G-8 Jalan Desiran Tanjung
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 11am-8pm every day (closed Thursday)

Located on the outskirts of Georgetown, we’re glad we made the effort to visit this vegan spot. We ordered three dishes to share, the Runaway Chickenburg, Creamy Shroom Spaghetti with Truffle Oil and a Garden Salad. This trio of plant base delights made the perfect combo. The burger and the pasta were both delicious, crispy burger with a delightful dressing, and the creamiest of truffle oil infused pasta sauces. The salad was good too, although could have done with a little more mayo dressing. We loved Brown Poodle and would be happy to live nearby so we could visit regularly.

Brown Poodle Penang vegan burger
Brown Poodle Penang vegan salad

SUSU Vegan Mylk Bar

SUSU Vegan Mylk Bar
35 Pengkalan Weld
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 10m-7pm every day (closed Tuesday)

Tucked away down a cool lane which is well worth exploring for the antique shops, art galleries and cafes. But of course, we were there for the vegan food (cake) and we weren’t disappointed. We tried the caramel cheesecake and a passion cheesecake, which were both excellent. Surrounded by art, film and music memorabilia this is one cool spot to hang out. Ken the owner was a courteous host, and we’d love to try his homemade burgers next time. Make sure to check out the graf from one of the leading artists in Malaysia Kenji Chai on the wall, and of course make sure to eat all of the vegan cake!

SUSU Vegan Mylk Bar cheesecake
SUSU Penang vegan cheesecake

Neko Vegan House

Neko Vegan House
375h Lebuh Chulia
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 11am-6pm every day (closed Thursday)

Peaceful and cute oasis tucked away off the busy Lenin Chulia with a small but perfectly formed menu. We ordered the Kabocha Curry Rice, Golden Dumplings and Sushi Platter to share and we loved it all. The owners were super friendly, the food fresh and delicious, this really is a ‘must visit’ vegan restaurant in Georgetown. Highly recommended.

Neko Penang vegan sushi
Neko Penang vegan gyoza

Pinxin Vegan Cuisine

Pinxin Vegan Cuisine
38 Lebuh Tye Sin
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 11am-9pm every day

With so many good reviews and personal recommendations from other vegan restaurant owners, and even our Grab driver we of course had to check out Pinxin Vegan Cuisine. It was a very busy lunchtime with lots of locals obviously choosing to eat there during their lunch break. We shared Nasli Lemak Classic, Satay Classic and a rice dish with mushrooms whose name we can’t remember! The star of the show was the lions mane mushroom which featured in every dish, the texture and flavour of these beauties is unique and we wish we could eat more of them. The team at Pinxin are obviously passionate about fresh and clean eating, our meal was healthy, nutritious and absolutely delicious. A little more expensive than other options, but worth every ringgit, highly recommended.

Pinxin vegan nasi lemak
Pinxin vegan mushroom satay

SUPE Vegan

SUPE Vegan
12 Gat Lebuh Acheh
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 11am-5pm and 5pm-8pm every day (closed Tuesday)

This was our last meal in Penang so we had high hopes after the excellent vegan food we’d enjoyed during our recent trip. We ordered Curry Tempeh, Climate Maki, Spices Inari, Yasai Fried Ramen and Tempeh Fried Rice, hoping it was enough as we were both hungry. Both sushi dishes and the curried tempeh were superb, the sushi looked so appetising and tasted even better. Sadly, both the ramen and the fried rice were rather disappointing. Neither looked great, the portions were on the small side, and most importantly they lacked flavour. We added soya sauce to both dishes which made them edible. We would return but only for the sushi.

Supe Vegan Penang sushi
Supe Penang vegan sushi

Vegetarian Restaurants in Penang

Evergreen Vegetarian House

Evergreen Vegetarian House
39a Cantonment Road
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 7.30am-8pm every day (closed Wednesday)

Outstanding buffet, with an extensive range of veggie and vegan delights. We were able to select an array of veggies, curries and mock meat when we visited on a Sunday when it was very busy. Be careful as there may be ‘hidden’ egg in some dishes and ingredients so choose carefully. Excellent value for money and delicious, we can’t wait to return.

Evergreen Penang vegan buffet
Evergreen Penang buffet

Lily’s Vegetarian House

Lily’s Vegetarian House
98 Noble House
Madras Lane
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 8.30am-3.30pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm every day (closed Monday)

This place was super busy due to the Nine Emperor Gods Festival but the staff and owners were super friendly and accommodating. We ordered curry mee, satay and a ‘mixed set A’ to share. They were all tasty and we’d like to return to try other dishes in the menu, some which were sold out due to it being so busy. One of the famiky (who has been veggie for more than 49 years) gave us some savoury cake to takeaway as a gift which was a very kind gesture.

Lily's vegetarian Penang vegan laksa
Lily's vegetarian vegan satay Penang

Woodlands

Woodlands
60 Penang St (at corner of Lebuh China)
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 8.30am-10pm every day

For years this has been our favourite restaurant in Little India and it still claims the top spot for consistency, cleanliness and amazing dosas. Dosas in Woodlands are not to be missed, repeat, do not miss a dosa from Woodlands like we did on our last visit as they’re only served until midday! Instead, we ordered ‘Set Meal’ and ‘Chappathi Set’ and they were both ok. Not great, just ok. We love that Woodands are pure veg and this makes them the best option in Georgetown for us still, but it’s all about the dosa…

Woodlands Penang vegan thali
Woodlands Penang vegan curries

Vegan Friendly Restaurants in Penang

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul

Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul
27-29 Lebuh Keng Kwee
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 10am-7pm every day

Malaysian’s love cendol, made from rice flour, pandan flavoured noodles, sweet and salty coconut milk, kidney beans and gula melaka sugar syrup all serve over shaved ice. There’s a famous street called where one of the original cendol making families is still in operation but be warned the queues are massive. It’s worth it though, a good bowl of cendol is delicious and entirely vegan. Hurrrah! If you can’t face the queues, they have a branch in the Komtar mall which is peaceful and decent.

penang famous cendol logo
penang cendol picture

The Ais

The Ais
65 Lebuh Campbell
Georgetown
Penang

Opening Hours: 1pm-9pm every day, closed Monday and Tuesday

The Ais is the place to go for vegan ice cream in Georgetown, Penang. They had a number of vegan options and yes, they had vegan cones which is a big win for us. After a hot day wandering the streets of Georgetown, this is the perfect stop, or after your vegan dinner if you have room for a vegan ice cream. We didn’t really have room, but we can always find a way for vegan ice cream!

The Ais Penang vegan ice cream
The Ais Penang vegan

HappyCow in Penang

Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, the HappyCow Vegan Penang page currently lists 23 all vegan and 151 all vegetarian restaurants for you to choose from. HappyCow enlists ambassadors in each location to keep their information up to date and we are thrilled to fulfil that role in our current HQ of Siem Reap, Cambodia. The HappyCow ‘Ambassador City Picks’ for Penang are Brown Poodle and Pinxin who we have featured above, also Sushi Kitchen which is now on our list for next time.

Other Vegan Guides to Penang

Here are some other blog posts and vegan guides to Penang that will help you on your next vegan travel adventure to Malaysia, please feel free to let us know if there are any other updated vegan guides that we have missed and we will happily add them here.

Best Vegan Food in Penang from Wendy at The Nomadic Vegan
Where vegans eat in Penang from Jakarta Vegan
Vegan Penang Guide from Nicole at Vegan Nom Noms

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2 Comments

  1. Kara May 26, 2024 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    In Penang now following the Penang vegan guide. The Penang famous chendol is disappointing. It does not look like the photo posted. Please do not use photos not taken from the actual vendor to attract people there because it takes time and effort to visit the place. Sometimes the weather gets very hot in Penang and it makes people sick.

    • Vegan Food Quest May 30, 2024 at 12:39 am - Reply

      Sorry that your visit to Penang Famous Chendol was disappointing, as travel bloggers we cannot be held responsible for your food not being up to standard. We can also not be held responsible for the weather being too hot, or you being sick, or you having to make too much effort. And by the way, every picture on the vegan guide to Penang (and all of our other vegan guides) were taken by one of our team at the establishment listed…

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