Nasi lemak, hokkien mee, curry mee, laksa... These are just some of the more popular delicacies from Penang, AKA. the food paradise of Malaysia. If you have been to Penang before, you would be familiar with the range of rich and delicious foods offered by this city. For some however, perhaps a lighter and healthier option is what your palate desires. If so, this feature spot is just for you!
2A-1, Jalan.Sungai Ara, Desa Ara Sungai Ara, Bayan Lepas, Penang
Sushi? In Penang? Stranger things have happened! Apart from the freshly made makimono, Sushi Kitchen also cooks up delicious fried rice, porridge and spaghetti, thus catering to a wide range of taste buds. Expect to be pampered with fresh ingredients and a comfortable dining environment at Sushi Kitchen, all the while paying very reasonable prices!
50, Jalan Chow Thye, 10050 Georgetown, Penang
JanxDen Greenlife is cosily tucked away in a house beside a local hospital in Penang, but that doesn’t stop it from serving a heavy flow of customers on a daily basis. Apart from traditional dishes like nasi lemak, JanxDen also serves vegetarian pastas and porridge, all of which are made using fresh and wholesome ingredients. What’s even more impressive is the range of healthy desserts specially crafted by the chefs at this restaurant. With JanxDen, customers can now indulge in traditional food items and desserts without feeling guilty!
98, Noble House, Madras Lane, Georgetown, Penang
Want to enjoy your delicious traditional delicacies but unwilling to do so due to your vegetarian lifestyle? Not to worry! Lily’s Vegetarian Kitchen offers your local favourites with a green twist, all at very low and affordable prices. You can indulge in bak kut teh, wanton mee and laksa without any worries. If you happen to be within the area, be sure to try the beancurd and sweet almond tofu dishes—the best-sellers here!
96 & 98 Lebuh Armenian, 10200 Georgetown, Penang
My Armenian Café offers a variety of western cafe foods and even has vegan options available. If you've had your fill of the usual fare in Penang, do give the grilled chicken, fried rice and pizza here a try. Additionally, if you are a durian lover, remember to try their durian cendol—which is just one of the many innovative durian-based dishes offered by this cafe!
Penang is indeed famous for its rich and flavourful local delicacies, but it is definitely not short of healthy eateries for the health conscious travellers as well. For those who are invested in their nutrition, being able to eat healthy while enjoying gastronomical wonders will surely come as gratifying news!