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Nine Emperor Gods Festival

In Arts & Culture, Chinese, Dessert, Hawker, Malaysian, Nyonya on September 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (Chinese: 九皇爺; pinyin: Jiǔhuángyé; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Káu-ông-iâ; Cantonese: Kow Wong Yeh) is a nine-day Taoist celebration beginning on the eve of 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is observed primarily in Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, and also the Riau Islands.Wikipedia

Here in Penang, the entire island is dotted with makeshift vegetarian stalls with a yellow awning or cloth signifying they serve “pure vegetarian” food adhering to the Taoist rules – no garlic, onion, milk and for some, certain green vegetables. “Clean” utensils are also used during this time. A Herbivore in Penang visited one of the longest makeshift vegetarian stalls here in the island located on Madras Lane.

Food pictures:

1. Curry Chicken Pizza

2. Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

3. Plate lunch with assorted dishes

4. Acar Fish (Nyonya Dish)

5. Perut Ikan (Nyonya Dish)

6. Rojak

7. Coconut Tarts and assorted desserts


Address: Corner of Madras Lane and Burma Road

Hours: Early am till late pm.


Pik Nik

In Brunch, Drinks on September 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

There’s a new eatery in town and it’s called ‘Pik Nik’. Herbisaurus  & co only had drinks this time, but a second visit will follow to graze on their brunch offerings and to take more photos of the knick knacks adorned in this cute little café.


1. Strawberry smoothie

2. Mango smoothie

3. Banana smoothie


Pik Nik

Address: 15 Nagore Road,

10050, Penang

Phone: (016)452-9250


Mon:    3:00 pm    –    11:00 pm
Wed – Thu:    3:00 pm    –    11:00 pm
Fri – Sat:    3:00 pm    –    2:00 am
Sun:    3:00 pm    –    11:00 pm

(Closed on Tuesdays)

Facebook : Pik Nik

David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces | Revisited

In English on September 23, 2011 at 12:59 am

On a misty morning on top of Strawberry Hill, we made a new friend and he was immediately initiated in  A Herbivore in Penang’s little family. Please welcome, Herbisaurus who is a brachiosaurus, a herbivore as we all know.

Food pictures:

1. Mushrooms in a white wine sauce

2. Roasted vegetables with Bubble & Squeak.


David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces

Address: Lot 400, MK 17, Dearah Barat Daya,

Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill,

11300, Air Itam, Penang

Phone: (04) 828-8337

(016) 442-2630 (Hanson Li)

(04) 826-6337

Website: David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terraces

E-mail: info@penanghillco.com.my

Hours: 9am-9pm

Previous visit – July 14th 2011


In Mix cuisines on September 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Delicious at Straits Quay. Other outlets are in Kuala Lumpur. A Singapore outlet is in the works. Menu is vegetarian friendly, with at least 15 items or more to choose from. Cakes aren’t vegan.

Food pictures.

1. Zucchini chips with an aioli dip (not vegan – contains parmesan cheese)

2. Baby spinach salad with mushrooms (vegan with the removal of crumbled feta)

3. Trio of dips with Lebanese bread (pesto, caramelized onions & sun dried tomatoes)

4. Gado-gado (vegan without the hard boiled eggs)

5. Pan fried rosemary potatoes (vegan)

6. Coconut cake

7. Strawberry shortcake

8. White chocolate tart



Address: 3C-G-3,Straits Quay,
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang,
Tanjung Tokong 10470 Penang.

Phone: (04) 899-8555

Website: Delicious

Hours: 10 am to 12 am [weekdays]
9 am to 12 am [weekends & public holidays]

Other reviews:

1. Eaterland

2. ahKOK’s stomach

3. Best Recipes, Food and Travel


In Chinese on September 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Braised tofu with white rice.



GF-12 & GF-13 Queensbay Mall,
100 Persiaran Bayan Indah,
11900 Penang

Phone: (04) 645-6688

Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm

Website: Canton-i

Spasso Milano

In Italian on September 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Milanese chef Felice Martinelli ‘s second restaurant in Malaysia. The first one is located in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Our dinner party did order two soups (Porcini Mushroom & Pumpkin) but we were not able to check with the staff if they were vegetarian.We spied other items that were vegetarian, Vegetarian Panini and a few pizzas. Spasso Milano uses a wood fire oven for their pizzas.

1. Garlic Bread on house made foccacia

2. Aglio Olio | Paccheri (Hand made 100% durum wheat pasta)

3. Tiramisu


Spasso Milano


Lot 3c-G-2

Ground Floor, Straits Quay

Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang

Tanjung Tokong, Penang

Phone: (04)891-2888

Facebook: Spasso Milano

Ice Kacang at Pesgrave Street

In Dessert, Hawker on September 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Pesgrave Street is better known by the locals as ‘Sar Tiau Lor’ or literally translated 3rd street. By night fall the street is packed with people and stalls selling Penang street food. However, only one stall is herbivore friendly and that is the ice kacang stall.


Address: 67A Lebuh Presgrave
10300 Penang

Hours: 5pm till late


In Lebanese on September 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

There are two Lebanese restaurants in Penang and Tarbush is one of them. Tarbush also has a few outlets in Kuala Lumpur.

Some food items are vegetarian by default. There are a few choices but they tend to run on the cold side. Complimentary pita bread and a plate of pickled vegetables with each main ordered.

Food pictures:

1. Pita bread

2. Pickled vegetables & olives

3. Mezze platter – Tabouleh, Mutabal, Wara Alnab, Green Salad & Hummus

4. Garlic sauce

5. Moussaka with olive oil (before and after the oil clean-up mission)



Address: Lot 4134 Section 1, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Phone: (04)885 -2558

Website: Tarbush Restaurant

Hours: 12pm – 12am

Other reviews:

1. Lingzie’s Tummy Treats

2. Painting with light

3. My Food Fetish