Gluten Free in Malaysia

Gluten Free Options in Penang, Malaysia

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Cold Storage
Gurney Plaza - Pesiaran Gurney,
10250 Penang.
Tel: 04-229 0312/0325

Island Plaza - IP Tower Island Plaza (Lower Ground Floor)
No. 118 Jalan Tanjung Tokong
10470 Penang.
Tel: 04-899 6220/7378

Cold Storage supermarkets are the place to go for the ‘nice things in life’, which are hard to get in other parts of Penang/Malaysia. They generally have the best range of gluten free options in town, including breakfast cereals, pasta, flour, and sometimes biscuits.

Northam Beach Café

This is a vibrant hawker stand with fantastic  sea views, located opposite the Northam Hotel. Check out the food stands, judge the ones that are likely to be gluten free, see if the stallholder speaks English, and have a chat! I had a tasty fried rice dish. 

OldTown White Coffee
Whiteaways Arcade, Beach St, George Town. Ph: (04) 261 6203

Although most of the food here is not gluten free, the fries are, and are cooked in a dedicated fryer. Fries are ordered by the basket. Also, if you are really desperate, the boiled eggs are also gluten free (ask them to be cooked a little longer because they make them really runny).

Sri Ananda Restaurant
Little India, 55 Penang St, George Town. Ph: (04) 264 4204

Have a look at this blog to give you a very good overview of the place. We ate here and most of the dishes were gluten free, including the dosa, made with rice flour.

Tanjung Tokong or Gelugor

This is the place to go for cheaper grocery shopping, but they rarely sell GF specific products. Most products sold on the shelves in Malaysia have ingredients listed in English. There is plenty of fresh food, meat and nuts here. A good place to stock up on wholefood staples.

Tree Monkey at Tropical Spice Garden
Lone Crag Villa, Lot 595 Mukim 2, Jalan Teluk Bahang. Ph: (04) 881 3493

This was our favourite restaurant in Penang. Nestled among the treetops, and with a view of the ocean, it was a beautiful setting. Make sure you speak to staff about your gluten free needs.

We had the Tom Kha (Thai coconut) soup, a Thai beef salad, Morning Glory (deep fried Kang kung), stir-fried bean curd in basil, and a whole steamed fish (with lime and chilli). Complimentary WiFi is available.