Vegetarian The Leaf Healthy House 綠葉坊 Penang Street
Well-praised by veggie lovers and regulars, the Leaf Healthy House’s 綠葉坊 organic food is consistently delicious, flavourful and satisfying.
I have been an on and off regular since the café open. The Leaf Healthy House 綠葉坊 has grown from a belief by the owners to provide healthy organic food free of MSG, artificial colouring and preservatives.
Younger health-conscious individual and families have embraced The Leaf Healthy House 綠葉坊 concept health conscious eating and sustainability.
This little café fills the niche and prove that their recipes are worthy of repeat customers who come to try, become convicted and remain loyal.
In Penang, where the options available for vegetarians are either Chinese or Indian, the Leaf’s menu is an exciting mix of western and Asian cuisines. I have tried their food and brought friends over for dinners over the years.
All have given the thumbs up for originality, rave about the food.
The dishes are quirky, soulful and individualistic. The prices are reasonable and add ons which cost RM4.90 for a drink and salad OR dessert.
VEGETARIAN OTAK OTAK
A favourite, the chefs made this from an aunt’s secret recipe. I like this as it has the texture of fish and taste like the real Mc Coy. I can taste the heat from bird’s eye chillies, the lemongrass, galangal, torch ginger buds in the chilli paste. But I have no idea how they got the fish texture and taste down pat. Perhaps they used a combination of vegan fish, mushrooms and kelp puree. This I’ll never know….
What I do is place an order for two packets every time first, whenever I go for dinner before making the rest of my orders. It is good!
EDAMAME (Japanese Green Peas)
Our order came in late in between the main course. It would be better if they could time this right. However, I figured thawing it took some time!
VIETNAMESE HAND ROLLS
Wrapped in softening Vietnamese rice paper, the filling is shredded white and purple cabbage, julienne carrots, lettuce, vegetarian meat floss and green, red and yellow capsicum slices.
With the only flavour from the vegetarian meat floss, the hand rolls were basically a wrapped green salad. The dipping sauce was both a basil or mint sauce which is watered down and disappointing.
The presentation of the fat cut rolls look pretty as a bouquet but eating it was akin to grace under fire as the ingredients keep falling out!
It would be better if the rolls weren’t made so fat and wrapped with the ends uncut. As it is the flavours are fresh and clean.
Most of their dishes are naturally flavoured as the chefs do not believe in over-seasoning. As such, the dishes may be rather bland and unappetizing for some.
Victor loves pumpkin soup and rates this best he has tasted. I agree 100%.
There are six surprising health benefits of pumpkins soup which may astound you as you read on. This includes weight loss, sharper vision, better immunity, younger looking skin, lowers cancer risk and may help treat diabetes!
If there’s no pumpkin soup on the menu, this would be no. 1
Spinach has developed a reputation for being one of the healthiest foods around and is reputed to be good for weight management, increases energy level, improves mind power, is anti-inflammatory, and improves bone health!
A winner, the taste of the al dente pasta with the basil pesto is just perfect. The pasta is served with pine nuts as garnish and blanched broccoli and cauliflower.
Pesto is a delicious green nutty sauce made from basil, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese and pine nuts. The health benefits of all these good ingredients make for a well-balanced, healthy diet.
Ingredients with high olive oil and pine nuts contents are higher in calories, due to the higher fat content.
Made from brown rice this kerabu rice is quite nice even though is no fried and flaked salted fish to pull it together. The sambal without belacan is a nice touch to brighten up the predominate carb dish.
KAM HEONG STIR FRIED MUSHROOM SET
Victor was intrigued and orders this. The sauce is quite nice and the mushroom meaty to the bite. We kept reminding ourselves that this is a vegetarian café and are surprised that the food is well made and taste delish without the addition of MSG or meat products!
There are add-ons when you order their main course. Set at R4.90 you could choose a chilled Yogurt Fruit Salad (with tiny cube fruit) or an Organic Soya Milk or Homemade Nutmeg drink.
There are other options for desserts with a choice of jelly or “thong suit”
The Leaf Healthy House 綠葉坊 | 5, Penang Street, Penang
Business Hour: Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 9 pm;
Saturday 11:30 am to 9 pm. Closed on every Sunday | Telephone: +604- 262 7007