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When I first arrived in Malaysia, I was craving healthy food. I’d eaten a lot of delicious yet unhealthy foods whilst exploring Java and I’d also tried to pack in all of Ipoh’s most famous eateries into a three-day trip.
Then, after the delicious food in Melaka THEN the Penang street food, I was desperate for nourishment!
I was expecting to find lots of cafes serving healthy food in George Town Penang. As a digital nomad hub, I assumed there would be demand. However, as often happens when you travel, all was not as I expected. Initially, everything healthy I found was either tiny, expensive or randomly doused in syrup.
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Carrot Fish is probably my favourite healthy restaurant in George Town. The portions are big enough that you feel full, plus there’s lots of
The menu offers lots of freshly made salads and soups, as well as main dishes including salmon quinoa and grilled chicken with brown rice. Though if you’re not feeling overly healthy you can opt for pizzas and pasta dishes made with lots of fresh
This dish pictured is the Goodness Green bowl with avocado, sweet potato, grilled mushrooms
Find Carrot Fish located at the back of the New World Park, a food court and collection of indoor cafes.
The Leaf Healthy House
Some people seem to think healthy means you can’t eat carbs or dessert and, frankly, that’s not a school of thought I want to part of. The Leaf Healthy House opt for organic ingredients and lots of veggies but don’t shy away from a good carbohydrate.
I ate in the restaurant (which you’ll find in Little India) and opted for pesto pasta with tomato and broccoli, then finished my meal off with real fruit jelly. You should also look into their healthy bento box delivery service because it looks great.
Following the ‘if it’s vegan it’s healthy’ mantra (one I just invented) enter Cloud Dreaming, one of the most creative healthy restaurants in George Town.
2020 update – this cafe is now named Blue Vegan Restaurant!
Describing themselves as a western vegan restaurant, they serve healthy burgers, salads, pasta, salads, sandwiches
Being me, I obviously picked the biggest dish on the menu and chose chips over salad, but most of the menu was much lighter.
They also serve a lot of vegan cake. I think I’m drifting off the topic of healthy food in George Town here…
This George Town vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio serves amazing healthy food in Penang. Wholey Wonder is in the Hin Bus Depot, a community space that hosts an awesome Sunday Market. Why not combine some shopping with a nourishing lunch like I did?
The fanciest salad in the whole of Penang must surely be the Nourish Bowl which is made with edamame beans, pickled carrot, asparagus, quinoa kimchi, avocado
Not going to lie though, I was hungry again in a few hours. Though that might say more about me…
Coffee Addict isn’t dedicated to healthy food like some cafes in this blog, but they do offer some nutritious dishes if you’re in need. The fruit and
However, the scent of bacon when someone orders it may be too much to resist…
Pin Xin Vegan Cuisine
If you’re looking for vegan and vegetarian food in George Town Penang, look not further.
Unlike Cloud Dreaming which serves Western vegan food, Pin Xin dish up Malaysian vegan food. I love this because most of the street food in George Town is pretty meaty, and I don’t think anyone should have to miss out.
Mains include Hokkien noodles,
Most mains are around 15 MYR (less than £3) so it’s not street food prices but still affordable. It’s one of the tastiest healthy restaurants in George Town thanks to the spicy and sour local
Thanks for reading my George Town healthy food guide
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- The ultimate Kuala Lumpur itinerary
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- The best restaurants in Chinatown, KL
- What to do & see in Melaka
- 18 places to eat in Melaka
- 10 cute Melaka coffee shops
- Melaka street art guide
Southeast Asia travel planning:
- 2 week Malaysia itinerary
- Southeast Asia bucket list
- 101 tips for backpacking Asia
- The perfect 3 month Southeast Asia itinerary
See you next time for more adventures,
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Malaysia quick links
Flights – I use Skyscanner to find the best-value flights, using the ‘search by month’ tool to find the cheapest dates. You can also use the ‘to anywhere’ feature if you’re flexible on where you’re going.
Stay connected with E-sim data plans that don’t require delivery or collection; just span the QR code.
In my opinion, Lonely Planet offer the best guidebooks. Get the latest Copy of Lonely Planet Malaysia.
For Malaysia buses and trains, I use 12GoAsia. The search feature allows you to compare prices and durations.
I use Booking.com for accommodation. They have the best range of hotels and self-catering apartments, plus you can filter by review score and price to find the best-rated budget places. For hostels, I use Hostelworld.
To save money on accommodation, I use Trusted Housesitters, a website that connects homeowners going away and travellers who can sit their homes & pets.
For activities, I use GetYourGuide and Viator as they both have a huge range of affordable tours.
Need travel insurance? I use True Traveller (for UK & Europe residents) since it’s affordable but covers everything you’d need including various activities, valuables and pre-existing conditions. Unlike some companies, they insure you if you’re already travelling / don’t yet have your flight home booked. Get a quote.
For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing.
Check out my resources page for more travel discounts and tips!