For a small island, Penang has a surprising number of organic food stores. Even more surprising is that quite a few are centred around the Pulau Tikus area offering a huge variety of fruit, veg, groceries, personal and household products.
A popular place for people to buy their fruit and veg is the Pulau Tikus wet market on Jalan Pasar. Open from early morning to about lunch time, this is where we found the first organic food store.
LSY Health & Organic Products
Run by CK and his wife, Miss Lim for the past 18 years, this small store not only sells a range of healthy organic veggies and grocery items, you can also have fresh juices. LSY are the authorised dealer for the Hurom slow juicer, which juices faster and extracts more juice than most typical juicers. CK demonstrated how the juicer worked and made a delicious wheatgrass, apple and lemon juice called “Slimming Delight”. Many of CK’s organic veggies come his farm in the Cameron Highlands. A lovely little store run by passionate and knowledgeable owners.
Address: Store lot 102, 103, Jalan Pasar, Pulau Tikus Market, 10350 Penang. Open: Daily from 7.00am to 1.00pm.
After leaving LSY, and on the same street was the next organic food store we found,.
92 Organic Food Centre
Now called 92 Organic Food Centre, this shop sells a large range of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen foods, groceries, personal care, skin care and cosmetics items. Shelves after shelves abound with everything you need for healthy eating.
92 Organic Food Centre is also a distributor of Nukleus clothing. Nukleus is a Malaysian company specializing in underwear and basic clothing made from eco materials such as organic cotton.
If you’re feeling hungry or thirsty after shopping, then you can pop into the ie Cafe next door. The cafe offers a choice of vegetarian noodle and rice dishes and daily set meals. Beverages include organic and non-organic teas, coffees and juices. Wholemeal bread and other bakery items are also available.
Address: 11-15 Jalan Pasar, Pulau Tikus, 10350. Shop open: Tuesday to Saturday 8.00am to 6.30pm and Sunday 8.00am to 2.30pm. Cafe open: Tueday to Saturday 9.30am to 6.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Closed: Mondays.
ie Organic Food Centre also have a shop and cafe at 1-19 and 3-19 D’Piazza Mall, Jalan Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Baru.
A few shops down from ie Organic Food Centre you will come to Oon Organic and Natural Centre.
Oon Organic and Natural Centre
They have shelves after shelves of organic products including grains, beans, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables, oils, vinegars and even sulfur free goji berries. Also available are Daifuku macrobiotic products such as miso, spreads and cereals.
Address: 27 Jalan Pasar, Pulau Tikus, 10350. Open: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30am to 6.30pm.
The final store visited on the Pulau Tikus health food store trail was Go Organic.
Go Organic is the type of health food store that most people imagine. A shop that looks homely and lived in with shelves after shelves stacked full of bakery goods, seeds, seasonings, nuts, noodles, snacks, cookies and grains. They also sell a good range fresh organic fruit and vegetables.
Unlike the other shops visited, they don’t sell much in the way of personal care items, but they do have some household products including eco-friendly washing up liquid.
Address: 7J Marble Arch, Solok Moulmein, Pulau Tikus, 10350. Open: Daily 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Two more organic health food shops have opened in Pulau Tikus
Address: 9-1-01 (Unit 10 & 11), Level 1, Moulmein Rise Shoppes, Jalan Pasar, 10350 Pulau Tikus, Penang. Open: daily 8am to 9pm. After shopping check out the restaurant serving delicious, healthy and nutritious food.
TG Organic Shop
Address: 50 Jalan Moulmein, 10350 Pulau Tikus, Penang. Open: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30am to 6.30pm. Sunday 7.30am to 3.30pm.
When CK of LSY Health and Organic Products started his business 18 years ago he said that most people hadn’t heard of organic food. Today it’s so easy to buy healthy organic food. You only have to go to Pulau Tikus to find out.