You Can Eat Healthy in Penang

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The easy availability of healthy dining options in Penang makes one feel less guilty for indulging in that extra plate of char koay teow.

Penang is deservedly famous for its street food, but street food is not especially famous for being healthy. As obesity and diabetes become more prevalent in the country, an increasing number of Penangites are looking to dine out healthily – at least some of the time.

But aiming to eat healthily sometimes seems a daunting task, not only because of the everpresent temptations of char koay teow and curry mee, but also because the definition of what “healthy eating” exactly means has evolved over time – and keeps evolving. American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism Michael Pollan defines it as such: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”


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