One of Malaysia’s most loved tourist destinations, Langkawi is a popular destination for travellers. It is an archipelago made up of ninety-nine islands, surrounded by gorgeous turquoise sea. Picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hill, with the shoreline fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees, make it a perfect destination for nature lovers. If you’re planning a trip to Langkawi, I’d recommend booking a hotel via Traveloka to land some amazing deals on hotels and resorts.
Vegetarian travellers often find travelling – particularly in Asia – a challenge, and if you’re anything like me, once your hotel is booked you’ll be scouring the internet for vegetarian restaurants in Langkawi. Malaysia is decent for vegan and vegetarian food, and Langkawi does have some great vegetarian and vegan options for plant-based travellers.
Vegetarian Restaurants in Langkawi: Some of the Best
Xin An is a pure vegetarian restaurant; one of Langkawi’s only restaurants that serves just vegetarian food. Located in the Kuah area, the price is mid-range. The restaurant offers delicious Malay, Chinese and fast food; including delectable dishes such as hot & sour soup, mixed vegetables, spring rolls and flavoured tofu. One can enjoy both buffet and a la carte during breakfast and lunch.
Slightly pricier, but oh so delicious; Hotel Malaysia serves Indian vegetarian food, mainly originating from South India. Enjoy a South Indian vegetarian platter containing items such as rice, vegetables, daal/rasam, curry, papad, bhaji on a banana leaf. They also serve several North Indian dishes; so there’s a great variety of vegetarian curries to tuck into. If you want to stay in accomodation like Hotel Malaysia and enjoy fantastic restaurant food, take advantage of Langkawi lagoon resort promotions to see the current price of the accomodation.
Serving fantastic North Indian food, Sagar Restaurant is located in Pantai Tengah. The vegetarian menu boasts of Tandoori items and plenty of other vegetarian dishes; there are also non vegetarian options here, which is handy to know if you’re travelling with met-eaters. Enjoy your food and soak up some of Langkawi’s rays in the lush garden setting or, if it gets too hot and sticky, opt to eat inside the air-conditioned dining room.
Serving up excellent north Indian and Arabic food, Papadam Ria is located near Underwater World in Pantai Cenang. You won’t just find vegetarian and rice here; their options for vegetarians are delicious and varied. Veggies and meat eaters alike love their beverages; their mango lassi is really refreshing, and you will love the Indian style exotic décor with lamps and use of colors like red, sand and green.
The Fat Frog
If you’re craving Western food, The Fat Frog specialises in both Asian and Western vegetarian dishes. The plant-based restaurant offers salads, pasta, hummus, vegetarian soups, quiches and many more items. Sip on a glass of fair trade coffee, tea or fruit juices as you enjoy a wonderful view of the neighbouring golf course with the backdrop of the islands mountains and the clear blue sea.
You won’t be able to miss Raj Darbar; it is located by the side of Cenang’s main road. Offering dishes at a mid-range price, this restaurant serves Indian and Arabic dishes as well as western items. One of their most popular dishes is paneer tikka with naan; but they have a variety of vegetarian dishes that are sure to delight. If you’re heading out in Langkawi and want a feed after a few beers, Raj Darbar is perfect; as it remains open until late night.
The mid-range restaurant is located in Pantai Tengah and is known for its a picturesque decor and great ambiance. The restaurant offers both North and South Indian cuisine. Tomato rasam is quite popular on the South Indian menu while delectable North Indian options include alu gobi masala, daal tarka, paneer tikka, rice or roti. The famous Indian beverage, Lassi, is served in different flavors.
Vegetarian Options in Kuah Town
There are a few ‘nasi kandar’ places within the Kuah Town where one can find usual fare of dal and rice. Artisans Pizza offers vegetarian options with soy meat while the night market on Lecongan Putra serves options like spiced chickpeas and vegetable fried rice.
Langkawi Vegetarian Restaurant
This restaurant does what it says on the tin; serves up delicious vegan food. The restaurant is operated on a self-service basis, and all profit goes to charity. Diners use the restaurant on a self-service basis; taking food from the buffet-style counter, and washing up their own plates after use. The restaurant is run by donation, similar to Lentil as Anything in Melbourne, but it’s encouraged to support the great cause and donate generously for the delicious food.
Malaysia Vegetarian Travel Tips
- You might have noticed that there are a lot of Indian options on this list; Malaysia has a large Indian population and subsequently, enjoys some fantastic Indian food, much of which is vegan. This is one of the reasons why Malaysia is great for vegetarian and vegan travellers.
- English is fairly well spoken in Malaysia, but it’s a great idea to brush up on some Malaysian before travelling there – for dietary and general vocab. If you make an effort to speak a few words of the local language, people will be inclined to help you out!
Without in Malaysian is tanpa. Meat is daging, fish is ikan, egg is telur, milk is susu (although it may not be dairy milk – coconut milk is commonplace here as well).
- Nasi Lemak is Malaysia’s national dish and can be adapted to be vegetarian or vegan; a version with no animal products will typically consist of rice, cucumber, tomato, fried peanuts and other side dishes.
- Laksa is another great Malaysian dish that can easily be adapted to be vegetarian or vegan, and can be found at many of the best vegetarian restaurants in Langkawi.
- Nasi Campur is a meal typically served buffet-style, consisting of rice and several dishes, many of which are vegetarian. This dish is a great option for any vegetarian travellers to Malaysia.
Have you travelled to Malaysia? How did you find their selection of vegetarian food? Have you eaten at any of these vegetarian restaurants in Langkawi?