Archive for the ‘Chinese’ Category


In Chinese on May 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Updated – Coya will move to 4A,Lorong Selamat,10400, Penang in July 2013.

Coya is located in the neighborhood of Pulau Tikus. It has been operating for the past 8 months. The menu is quite extensive, ranging from single meals to side dishes alongside specialty drinks.

Food ordered:

1. Pork Rice

2. ??? Noodles (their specialty)

3. Noodles with Dumplings

4. Blanched Siew Pak Choy

5. Lionhead with soup


Coya Healthy Cuisine

Address: 12, Lintang Burma

10250, Pulau Tikus

Phone: (04) 226-3688

Hours: Tues- Sun



Ko Chai Lai

In Chinese on April 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Nasi Lemak

 Ko Chai Lai means “come again” in Hokkien. Located at the outskirts of Little India. The restaurant is primarily a Chinese vegetarian buffet with single meal options like fried rice, fried noodles and more. Vegan options are available. 


Ko Chai Lai

Address:77 Lebuh Bishop, George Town

Phone: 016-423-9937

Hours:  7am-9pm

Luk Yea Yan

In Chinese on January 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Updated – They have now moved to the corner of Madras Lane and Jalan Talipon.

2013-05-29 13.11.28

Luk Yea Yan is located on the corner of Macalister Road and Lorong Selamat, an area packed with eateries and hawker stalls. This vegetarian restaurant is a one-stop mecca for herbivores as there is a huge buffet line, hot noodles station, ala carte dishes, desserts and many more. According to the owner, there are even more choices on the 1st and 15th of the Chinese lunar month.

Food & drinks ordered:

1 & 2. Dishes from the buffet spread

3. Pasembur

4. Soy milk


Luk Yea Yan

Address:148, Jalan Macalister

(at the junction of Lorong Selamat and Jalan Macalister)

10400 , Penang




Closed on Wednesdays

Other reviews:

1. Lingzie’s Tummy Treats

Cheng Sim

In Chinese on October 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Cheng Sim is a full serviced vegetarian restaurant located in the outskirts of George Town. They have a buffet line and ala carte items. We were pressed for time so we stuck to the buffet for convenience.

1. Brown rice with spinach, stewed potatoes and mock chili fish

2. White rice with tofu, mock chicken and bitter gourd

3. Porridge


Cheng Sim Vegetarian Restaurant

Address: No. 69-E, Jalan Terengganu, 10460, Penang

Phone: (04) 283-2615

Quay Cafe

In Chinese, Malaysian on October 16, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Food ordered:

1. Inari

2. Wan Than Mee

3. Porridge

4. Soy Milk

5. Butter Cake ( Complimentary | Not Vegan)


Quay Cafe

Address: No 2, Church Street Ghaut,

10300, Penang

E-mail : quaycafe at gmail dot com

Hours : 11am – 2.30pm

Closed on Saturdays


In Chinese, Dessert on October 9, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Evergreen came highly recommended by a few Homo sapiens to A Herbivore in Penang for the seemingly endless choices and reasonable pricing. The restaurant comprises of two shop lots and is located on a bustling street in Pulau Tikus. They have a big buffet spread daily on top of an ala carte menu, noodle stations, steamed paus, rice dumplings, tau fa and desserts.

Food pictures:

1. Fried noodles & fried vermicelli noodles

2. Fried koay teow, sweet and sour egg (tofu), unknown, stir-fried chili spinach

3. Nutritious pau

4. Red bean soup



Address:  39-A Cantonment Road,

10250 Georgetown Penang


Hours:7am -9pm

Other reviews:

1. VegeFoodLuva

2. ShiokorNot

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.


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

Water Drop Teahouse

In Chinese, Taiwanese on July 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Water Drop Teahouse is housed in a beautifully maintained heritage building. A few meters away is The Sire Museum Restaurant.

Their menu changes daily with a few items that’s constant. They also have daily specials and otak-otak. Their version of otak-otak is better than the real thing.

Food ordered:

1. Sesame Bao

2. Otak Otak

3. Taiwanese Vege Meat Rice

4. Taiwanese Noodle Soup

5. Barley with soy milk and fu chok


Water Drop Teahouse

Address: 16 Penang Street,
Georgetown, 10200 Penang



Tue – Fri : 9am – 5pm
Sat – Sun : 9am – 3pm

Closed on Mondays

Other reviews:

1. The Princess Diaries – Cheryl’s Travels

2.Nutty Eve #9 Food Blog

Special Mention:

Hungry Amo’s review of their Singapore branch.

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

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

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)

Hua Yuan

In Chinese on May 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm

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

A Herbivore in Penang was tipped of by MyLoveMyFood about this new place, Hua Yuan Vegetarian Restaurant in Paya Terubong. Thanks for the recommendation!

Food ordered after the menu picture :

Marmite Honey Mericium

Bean sprouts in soy sauce minus salted fish

Pai Kut Ong

Sambal belacan


Address: 1043-K, MK-13
Jalan Paya Terubong
11060 Penang
Phone: (019)544- 8721 / (016)477- 4079
Hours: 5pm to 10.30pm

Review by others:

1. MyLoveMyFood