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Chai Diam Ma

In Drinks, Mix cuisines on June 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

A Herbivore in Penang supports locally owned small businesses, artists and handmade products.

Chai Diam Ma manages to step right in and fit the bill perfectly on all accounts.

Chai Diam Ma means ‘little sundry shop’ in Hokkien, the lingua franca of Penang. The little sundry shops from the yesteryear will evoke nostalgia for those born before the 90’s as it was the go to place to buy little snacks after school. Now with hyper-marts mushrooming faster than one can keep track, most sundry shops are as hard to find as four leaf clovers.

Queen Lee’s devotion to create a space for local artists to showcase their works and preserve a piece of the local’s old Penang is admirable.

The shop is peppered with knick knacks from top to bottom. Most furnitures were rescued from being dumped into landfills and were given a coat of paint or adored with drawings.

Their menu is small. They have one food item that is vegetarian, besides cakes. Do note that their cakes aren’t vegan. We were full from brunch when we visited. A second visit will follow to try their udon noodles with mushrooms.

Food pictures:

1. Brownie with ice-cream

2. Iced wild flower honey drink


Special mention

In conjunction with the upcoming Georgetown Festival 2011, Chai Diam Ma will house the art exhibition “Home Coming: Penang Lalalilatampong Unites”.

The following information is from the Georgetown Festival 2011 website.

Home Coming: Penang Lalalilatampong Unites
9th – 31st July 2011

Mon-Thur     11am-2pm, 6pm-9pm,
Fri-Sun         11am-9pm
Closed on Tuesday

Chai Diam Ma, Queen Street, George Town

+6016 406 5993

The youth of Penang were invited to take part in this event to explore and redefine what they mean by home. Art enthusiasts from the late ’80s and early ’90s were also  invited to participate in this project by producing art work from March until June.

The end product will be showcased on Saturday, 9th July 2011 in conjunction with the George Town Festival. The celebration, entitled Home Coming, will feature performance, installation, video, and a photography exhibition.



Chai Diam Ma

Address: 15 Queen Street

10200, Penang

Phone: (016) 431- 4452 [Queen Lee]

E-mail: chaidiamma@gmail.com

Facebook : Chai Diam Ma


Mon – Thurs : 11am -2pm

6pm – 9pm

Fri – Sun : 11am – 9pm

Closed on Tuesdays

Other visits:

1. July 12th 2011

Other reviews:

1. Cekap (map included)


Bora Bora by Sunset | Revisited

In Drinks, Mix cuisines on June 26, 2011 at 12:32 am

A second visit to Bora Bora to catch the sunset and to see if their menu is herbivore friendly.

Firstly, directions. The place at first glance can be tricky to find as it’s housed behind a row of stalls selling souvenirs. Coming from the city and using Happy Mart and Desire Foot Reflexology as landmarks, look to your right and you will find a series of the stalls. When on foot, look for this board.

Walk on the path with the stalls on your left till you reach the end. Alternatively there are other ways of entering but for the first time, this might be the clearest. Once you’re near the beach, you’ll be able to spot Bora Bora easily.

A few items were vegetarian besides french fries and onion rings. There’s a pasta dish, bruschetta and pizza.

Food pictures:

1. Vegetable Pizza (veganized)

2. Lime juice


Bora Bora by Sunset

Address: Lot 415 , Jln Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang

Phone: (012)553-1313


Mon – Thurs: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Previous visit – June 21st 2011

Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen – Gurney Plaza

In Mix cuisines on June 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm

No longer operational at this locale.

Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen second outlet located in Gurney Plaza’s food court.

Food pictures:

1. Jawa Mee

2. Pita Rendang

3. Mee Goreng


Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen

Location: G Court, Gurney Plaza

(Basement in the old wing)

Website: Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen

Hours: 10am – 10pm

Other reviews:

1. VegeFoodLuva


In Dessert on June 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

A few facts from their website:

Our Gelato

  • Made from 100% NATURAL ingredients.
  • No preservatives, no artificial flavorings, no colorings, no gelatin, no animal fat related emulsifiers.
  • The milk based ice cream average 94% fat-free while the water based ice cream is 99% fat free.
  • Gelatomio is Halal-certified.


Chocolate Hazelnut


Dark Chocolate

Rum & Raisin



Address: 2nd floor, New Wing

Gurney Plaza

Other outlets: Gelatomio “Express”

  •  Times Square

c/o Soju Club,

Ground Floor

  • Gurney Place

C/o GHotel,

Ground Floor

Website: Gelatomio

Hours: 10am – 10pm

Other reviews:

1. BryanLYT

2. The Nomad Gourmand

Bora Bora by Sunset

In Mix cuisines on June 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

*updated – second visit.

Sunset Bistro is back!

Many were caught off-guard as documented here. A favorite with the locals and tourists, this joint has a calm ambiance and is a good place to catch the sunset.Who wouldn’t like to have a cold drink while watching the sunset and enjoying the cool sea breeze with sand in between their toes?

A Herbivore in Penang had heard through the grapevines the return of Sunset Bistro but could not confirm the fact until tonight. Discovered by chance, the new Sunset Bistro, renamed Bora Bora is now next to Tarbush, across Happy Mini Market. It’s still located by the beach.

We were full from dinner. Only drinks were ordered. Not pictured is a bottle of beer ordered. A second visit will follow with brighter pictures and we did spy a few vegetarian items on their new menu.

Drinks pictures:

1. Iced Peach Tea

2. Hot chocolate with whipped cream


Bora Bora by Sunset

Address: Lot 415 , Jln Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang

Phone: (012)553-1313


Mon – Thurs: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00 am

Sun: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

EGC Green Cafe

In Breakfast, Chinese on June 19, 2011 at 9:23 pm



EGC Green Cafe is new to the vegetarian scene in Penang. The owner is a bike enthusiast, a believer in a healthy whole plant diet and green living. The food serve here is free from preservatives with an emphasis on less oil/salt/sugar aka the 3 deadly combo in the diet of an affluent society.

Auntie Mooi prepares the food daily. No left overs to ensure freshness and the nutrients in the food are in tact. Primarily a lacto-ovo vegetarian cafe with a few vegan items. They cater mostly to the breakfast and lunch crowd due to their hours. There is also a bike rental service, perfect for exploring the history rich enclaves of Georgetown.

The very innovative use of old bikes!

We started with the Thai salad and mushroom soup as we were a little early for lunch.

We ordered the set lunch that came with a choice of soup or vegetable curry. First set – sweet and sour bean patty, stir-fried fresh yuba with vegetables, deep-fried tofu, rice and vegetable curry.

Second set : Stir-fried green beans, stir-fried vegetables with glass noodles, spring roll, rice and vegetable soup.


EGC Green Cafe

 Address: 26, Green Hall

Jalan Syed Sheh Barakbah

10200 Penang

(Opp Dewan Sri Pinang Side door – same row with the food court)

Phone :(012) 487-7241 (Mooi)/ (04) 262-3821


Mon – Thu – 8.30am – 4.00pm

Fri – 8.30am – 2.30pm

Sat – 8.30pm-4.00pm

Zhu Yuan

In Chinese on June 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Zhu Yuan is located in a UNESCO Heritage City protective site. Opposite the restaurant is the Prangin Canal. This area is also locally known as ‘Sia Boey’.

Their menu is rather extensive covering from set meals, steamboat to course dinners. It’s a quiet restaurant on a busy street with friendly owners, Steve and Chris.

A recent visit by the triumvirate during lunch.

1st plate lunch with stir-fried greens, curried green beans, okra and tofu.

2nd plate lunch with curried green beans, sesame tofu and kerabu.

Melaka Noodles

Shark Fin Soup

Green Herbal Drink

Previous visit.

1. Thai Tofu

2. Sweet & Sour Chicken


Zhu Yuan

Address: 90 Jalan Dr. Lim Chwee Leong

10100, Penang

Phone: (04) 261-7706

Fax: (04)262 7362

E-mail: zhuyuanvegetes@gmail.com


9am – 2.30pm

5.30pm – 9.30pm

(7.30am – 2.30pm)(5.30pm-9.30pm) – 1st & 15th Day of Chinese Calendar

Closed on Tuesdays


In Fruits on June 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…not Christmas but DURIAN SEASON!!!

With modernity favoring convenience, as a standard practice, durians are still sold by the side of a road but stored in plastic containers upon purchase.

A Herbivore in Penang is not able to

  • recommend stalls
  • pick fresh durians
  • open fresh durians

The above activities are left for the durian whisperers in our lives but we know a good one when we eat it!!!

“Musang King aka Nasi Kunyit”

“Khun Poh”

White flesh -name unknown. Taste – bitter sweet

Yellow flesh – name unknown. Taste – smooth and sweet


“Lin Fong Chou”


Best time: End of June till mid July

Shong Hor Hin – Medicated Tea Stall

In Dessert on June 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Shong Hor Hin is a shop specializing in medicated teas and a variety of sweet soups aka tong sui. Their tong sui changes daily while their medicated teas are available daily.

On the day we went, their daily special was the papaya almond tong sui.

Almond soft jelly.


Shong Hor Hin

Address: 194, Kimberly Street,

10100, Penang

Phone: (04) 262 2872

Hours: 1pm – 10pm

(Daily but closed on public holidays)

Other reviews:

1. Penang Food Galore

2. Cariso Delicacies Corner

3. RasaRasa

Ee Beng (Restaurant)

In Chinese on June 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

The last time A Herbivore in Penang visited Ee Beng, we were overwhelmed by the choices they had on their menu. Miraculously, with this recent visit, they’ve revamped their menu and added more items! There’s a steamboat dish for two, sandwiches and following the trend of the Hong Kong styled cafes (still?), a few varieties of cheese baked rice.

They also have a buffet lunch on weekdays from 12pm – 4pm. Buffet spread are items picked by the customer off their menu.

Food pictures:

1. Money Bags

2. Fried Chicken

3. Hunan Fish rice set


Ee Beng Vegetarian Food Center

Address: 20 Lebuh Dickens,

Georgetown Penang 10050

Phone: (04)262-9161

Website: Ee Beng Vegetarian Food Center

Hours: 12.00pm – 10.00pm

Closed on Thursdays

Other reviews:

1. Hungy Ang Mo

2. Kwong Wah  (Mandarin)

3. Mont-licious


In Australian, Breakfast, Dessert, Mix cuisines on June 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Calamansi lime drink and vegetarian wrap filled with grilled eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, fresh spinach leaves and basil pesto without the feta cheese. Comes with a side of tomato chutney and wedges.



Outlets: Gurney Plaza

Straits Quay

1st Avenue

Website: DÔME Café Malaysia

Hours: 8am – late


In Dessert on June 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

U-Soya (Ultimate Soya) sets themselves apart by using Canadian (grade A) non-genetically modified organic beans (non-GMO) with no added preservatives, thickening agents and dairy products to make their pure soy drinks and tau fu fah. Food items are available but aren’t vegetarian.

Arguably the best soy milk and tau fu fah in the island.

Food pictures:

1. Tau Fa with Gula Melaka

2. Tau Fa with Red Bean Tang Yuan



Address: 2-G-9 Pekaka Square,Lebuh Pekaka 1
Sungai Dua, 11700 Gelugor Penang

Phone: 012-408 6604

Hours:Mon to Fri: 11 am to 10 pm
Sat / Sun / Public Holiday: 9 am to 7 pm
Wi Fi available

Other reviews:

1. My Food Fetish

Blue Reef Fish & Chips

In Mix cuisines on June 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Photo taken off their facebook page

Blue Reef is well known for their fish & chips and other seafood offerings but fret not, fellow herbivores they do have vegetarian dishes on their menu. A few appetizers are vegetarian/vegan. Their mushroom or pumpkin soup can be veganized. There’s also a vegetarian pizza and pasta. Chris and Swen Lin are very friendly and accommodating to vegetarians.

Summer Vegetables vegetarian pasta with the option of Aglio Olio or Marinara. We went with aglio olio.


Blue Reef  Fish & Chips

Address: Straits Quay,

3A-G-20, Block A, Ground Floor,

Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang, Tanjung Tokong,

10470 Penang
Phone: (016) 405-9182
Mon – Sun :  11am – 10pm
Other reviews:


In Taiwanese on June 11, 2011 at 12:03 am

The best part about Chatime besides the pearls, customizing the sugar level on your drink.

Mango Green Tea with Pearls, slight sugar and ice.



Outlets: 1st Avenue (Cloud 8)

Queensbay Mall (Basement)

Website: iChatime


10am-10pm (Mall hours)

Other reviews:

1. Cumi&Ciki

2. On Everyone’s Ear/Jane

3. This is Me; Melissa’s Blog

Sri Ananda Bahwan – Tanjung Bungah

In Indian on June 10, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Sri Ananda Bahwan has a few outlets in Malaysia. The one visited by A Herbivore in Penang is in Tanjung Bungah. Their menu is extensive and caters for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Here is a partial list off their website.


Food items ordered are:

1. Vegetable Kuthu Parotha

2. Garlic Naan

3. Chilli Cauliflower

4. Vegetable Kurma

5. Vegetarian Mutton



Sri Ananda Bahwan – Tanjung Bungah

Address: No.14 Jalan Tanjung Bungah,

11200, Penang

Phone: (04) 890 9771

(012) 473 5981

Website: Sri Ananda Bahwan

E-mail: ananda_bahwan@yahoo.com

Hours: 7am-12am (Daily)

Other reviews:

1. What2See : Best of Penang Food!

2. ShiokorNot

3. The RM Team

4. Best Recipes, Food & Travel


Annalakshmi -Temple of Fine Arts

In Indian on June 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Annalakshmi – Temple of Fine Arts serves buffet style Indian food that is very popular with the locals and expatriates alike. It is also a common sight to see doctors and nurses in their uniforms having lunch here as there are 3 hospitals within walking distances from this place.

They have a rotating menu but their usual spread consists of at least two types of rice, three different curries, two vegetables and one dessert. Chapatis and drinks need to be ordered. This place is run by volunteers and payment is via donation.


Annalakshmi – Temple of Fine Arts

Address: 1, Babington Avenue, Georgetown,
10450, Penang

Phone: (04) 228-8575

Hours: 11.30am -2pm
6.00pm -10pm

Other reviews:

1. Hungry Ang Mo

2. Buzzing with Food

3. All About Penang Food

Nyonya Kuih – Greenlane

In Dessert, Hawker on June 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Good nyonya kuih is getting harder and harder to find. Auntie’s nyonya kuih sells out pretty fast. When we got there around 10am, most kuihs have been sold out. Look for the giant umbrella in front of Shuang Hee Coffee Shop, next to the very popular Genting Coffee Shop.

Some of our favorite kuihs.

Sorry for the lack of names. We  only know them by color or fake names we made up to identify them.


Address: Lorong Delima 3,
Island Glades, Penang

Map: Wikimapia


Tue-Sun: 9am- 11am

Hard Rock Cafe

In American on June 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

A recent visit to Hard Rock Hotel with a pit stop at Hard Rock Cafe.

The Santa Fe Spring Rolls . Description taken off their menu – ‘Santa Fe Spring Rolls. Stuffed with spinach, black beans, cilantro, corn, jalapenos, diced red peppers and Jack cheese. Served with freshly made Hard Rock Salsa, Guacamole and Chipotle Ranch dressing.’

Veggie burger as described on their menu – ‘A “burger” patty made of vegetables and spices, topped with Jack cheese, grilled fresh zucchini, yellow squash and Hard Rock Grilled Salsa. Served on a toasted bun with fresh lemon mayo. Served with a salad and your choice of dressing.’


Hard Rock Cafe

Address: Hard Rock Cafe Penang
(c/o Hard Rock Hotel Penang)
Jalan Batu Feringghi
11100, Penang

Phone: (60)4-881-1711

Website: Hard Rock Hotel & Cafe, Penang

E-mail: info.penang@hardrockhotels.net


Daily 11:00 am to 02:00 am
Daily 11:00 am to 02:00 am

Other reviews:

1. MyLoveMyFood

2.My Horng says it all

3. I Come, I See, I Hunt and I Chiak

Hua Yuan | Revisited

In Chinese on June 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

|This restaurant is no longer in operation as of OCT 2011|

We made our way to Hua Yuan to try more dishes.

Food ordered:

1. Shark Fin Soup

2. Stir-Fried Green Veg

3. Marmite Honey Mericium

4. Huizhou Preserved Vegetable & Pork

5. Curry Fish with Okra and Tomatoes


Hua Yuan

Address: 1043-K, MK-13
Jalan Paya Terubong
11060 Penang

Phone: (019)544- 8721 / (016)477- 4079

Hours: 5pm to 10.30pm

Other reviews:

1. A Herbivore in Penang’s first visit.

2. MyLoveMyFood

Xian Yun Vegetarian Hut

In Breakfast, Chinese, Dessert on June 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

Today, being Chang Festival (Duanwu),  A Herbivore in Penang would like to share their favorite place for changs and other assorted goodies.

This place with a locale that is off the tourist belt, is one of those places that only a local would know, which is unfortunate. This little ‘hut’ is gaining popularity fast and interestingly enough, has spurred 4 new vegetarian stalls making this place the unofficial vegetarian row.

Ah Hoon as she is known to her customers makes three different types of changs daily – Bak Chang, Brown Rice Chang and Oats Chang.

Bak Chang filled with mushrooms, mock meat and chestnut.

There’s also fish porridge*, Chee Cheong Fun and Laksa.

*Usually garnished with cilantro.


Xian Yun Vegetarian Hut

Address: 29-X, Kompleks Lebuh Nipah,

Sungai Nibong,

11900, Penang

(Near Vistana Hotel, opp Kayu Restaurant)

Phone: (016)442-6936 (Ah Hoon)

(016)444-6936 (Ah Wan)

Hours: 7am-3pm

Closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays

(Hours subject to change)