Penang is the oasis of street food, and we’ve never been prouder than that. Some of you might have gone too much from bazaars or a few buffets to celebrate the upcoming Raya. The guilt starts to pile up in your body and you’re thinking of a few healthy meals to balance things out. Scroll down as we recommend you some of the best healthy spots in Penang to beat those calories! Those who’re into health, this is for you as well.
Healthy Spots in Penang to Beat Those Calories:
1. Joies Sourdough Cafe
Our new-found favorite, Joies has to be one of the best healthy spots in Penang. They’ve come a long way, from a small pushcart to this warm, cozy cafe, growing humbly without forgetting their core— sourdough. Everything is made from scratch at Joies, from cultivating wild yeasts to fermentating and rolling of sourdough, using the finest, traditional method. Warriors of cancer and diabetes or health conscious souls would love Joies as their sourdoughs are free from preservatives, sugar and oil. Besides sourdough, try out their pasta and end your meal with some sweet treats. Not too creamy or greasy, it leaves you craving for more! Their pasta sauce and table sauce are all homemade with love, definitely worth a try.
The tofu cheesecakes served at Joies are not only art-like looking, they won’t make you fat (every girl’s dream), as the tofu cuts down its sugar and calorie content. Besides, the mesmerizing color of the cakes are from natural ingredients such as fruits and flowers. As for beverages, their smoothies are one of a kind, made with healthy ingredients such as organic oat milk, soy milk, molasses and so on. Joies is definitely everyone’s best friend, so do try out and tell us your thoughts.
Address: 32, Jalan Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Thursdays)
2. Yin’s Wholefood Manufactury
For those who love Yin’s Sourdough Bakery or Pizza, this is another Yin’s baby added to the family. Yin’s Wholefood is yet another new concept, not only you can dine healthily but also shop for organic products, which is the Zenxin Organic Food Malaysia. As part of collaboration, Yin’s uses products of Zenxin in most of their food. For those who are seeking for a healthier meal using organic products, do try out Yin’s Wholefood, they never disappoint. There are more cafes and restaurants around Yin’s, so click here to find out more.
Address: 5-G-17, Promenade Persiaran Mahsuri, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Operating Hour: 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Daily)
3. Coya Healthy Cuisine
Tucked in the hustle and bustle of Lorong Selamat that’s filled with (less healthy) hawker food, Coya stands out from the crowd. Offering the fusion of local and Taiwanese fares, their extensive Vegetarian menu is suitable for everyone. Using the traditional Buddhist preparation methods passed down from a respective Buddhism Master Rev Hui Chin, their dishes are free of leek, onion and garlic. They’re also Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian, meaning some dishes may contain eggs and milk. You can always change the ingredients upon request.
Address: 4A,Lorong Selamat, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
4. Wholey Wonder
This is by far one of the most unique healthy spots in Penang. Yoga and whole food? Sounds like a plan. Wholey Wonder offers a one of a kind vegan food experience using fresh, natural and unusual ingredients such as spices and Konjac. Their whole foods are plant-based and there’s even yoga classes upstairs where you could relax and soothes your nerves. This is indeed a one-stop shop for all things healthy and whole.
Address: 61, Jalan Gurdwara, Penang, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 12 p.m.-9 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
5. Sushi Kitchen
Founded by an engineer, to provide options with good and healthy food for those health conscious public. Sushi Kitchen is probably the only healthy spots in Penang that focuses on Japanese cuisine. Who says vegetarians are bound to only eat greens? They can now have sushi! The ambiance is cozy and homey, with a selection of tatami or normal tables for sitting. The staffs are attentive and friendly, so feel free to make requests and ask questions.
Address: 2A, Jalan Sungai Ara 1, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (Closed on Tuesday)
6. The Leaf Healthy House
Located in Georgetown, The Leaf Healthy House is a healthy-concept cafe which serves vegetarian food. Most of their dishes are naturally flavored as they do not believe in over-seasoning. You might think they are rather bland and unappetizing, but they have improved over the years.These down-to-earth dishes are healthy and suitable for those who prefer to lead a healthy lifestyle. They believe in delivering only the best, using natural ingredients with no preservatives, thus the one true healthy spots in Penang.
Address: No.5, Lebuh Penang, George Town, Malaysia.
Operating Hour: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. (Daily)
7. Shia’s Granola
If you think granola is boring and serves only energy bars, you’re wrong. Shia’s Granola offers healthy brunch that cuts the calories, but maintain the deliciousness. The core product of Shia’s is their range of homemade Granola, from where she started. Shia’s has expanded their menu, introducing a range of creative and unconventional dishes, including a series of dreamy-colorful Smoothie Bowls, Granola-Sandwiches and more. The place is rather small because everything is built from scratch, it serves more as a post-workout on-the-go place.
Address: No.1 India House,, Church Street Ghaut, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
8. Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen
You’ll find an array of vegetarian food ranging from Nyonya, Oriental, Fusion to even Western to satisfy the most discerning palates here in Lily’s. Their aim is to create and promote a holistic vegetarian haven where people can appreciate wholesome vegetarian at fair prices. What’s exciting about Lily’s is that you could hold a party or private occasion here, with an entire floor dedicated to private functions. This is one of the first healthy spots in Penang to ever do that, plus they offer catering as well.
Address: 98, Lorong Madras, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
9. Seed Natural Food Cafe
You might miss Seed Cafe at first glance, but it is nestled in Abu Siti Lane, along with the ever famous coconut water spot. The exterior and interior of Seed Cafe somehow give us a Chinese Medical vibe, harmony and cozy. Seed promises their dishes are MSG, white salt and sugar free. Seaweed Fried Spaghetti and Stone Pot Rice (bibimbap) are their signature dishes. Having that said, some of their dishes contain garlic, but can be removed upon request.
Address: 12A, Abu Siti Lane, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Closed on Sunday)
Any frequent mall hoppers in Penang will notice Idealite because they’re available in both Queensbay Mall and Gurney Plaza. Choices on the menu are very exciting and wide, from Smoothie Bowls to Vegan Burgers, Salads, Pasta and tons of other vegetarian and vegan dishes. Parking is not a hassle and you can shop anytime before and after meal. Idealite is one of the oldest healthy spots in Penang and many’s favourite.
Address: (Gurney Plaza) 3f 60, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang.
(Queensbay Mall) 39, Persiaran Bayan Indah, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang.
Operating Hour: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Vegan And Healthy Food in Penang
Alright, we’ve come to the end of this post, we know a lot of you are not a fond of Vegan/ Vegetarian food, but it’s always good to try out something new once in a blue moon to balance the diet. 2019 is all about self-care and this might be a good start.