My favorite restaurant in the world, Ee Beng Vegetarian

eebeng entrance

     The entrance to Ee Beng! Excitement!

     My favorite restaurant in Penang, and therefore the known world, is Ee Beng Vegetarian Food Restaurant. (The first restaurant that comes to mind when I think of a runner up is Al-Hashem in Amman, Jordan. I also have rained praise on Sri Ananda Bahvan in Penang.) It is a humble mixed rice restaurant that doesn’t put on airs. Three years ago I wrote a blog post about Ee Beng so I don’t need to declare my love ad nauseum, and I still feel the same uneasiness knowing that I have no idea what I am eating—is it soy? Wheat? Reconstituted cat flesh?—but I don’t need to know as taste conquers all.
     Also, I need to be reminded that “vegetarian” doesn’t necessarily mean “healthy” as there are some pretty heavy sauces on some of these things. It gives me pause for thought that I eat meat at all. I would be content eating this mockmeat stuff all the time. The texture is a quick giveaway that it isn’t meat, but I’m not bothered by that. Trues carnivores might disagree, but I say it is the sauce, not the substance.
     The next three photos are a few of the meals I had. They all cost between six and eight ringgit. (US$2.75-$3.50)
eebeng queue

     Civilized dining—and no overlapping!

eebeng layout

     The layout

eebeng stortage

     Ee Beng seeks your mercy even though they are the ones suffering through the stortage!

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My favorite restaurant in the world, Ee Beng Vegetarian — 2 Comments

  1. Sorry for abusing your comments all the time. Just wanted to say, that it took us 2 weeks to finally go to Ee Beng.

    Turns out, we wasted 2 weeks on not perfect food!

    It’s really great food and we just extended our stay. 😉

    I still prefer one of the Indian Restaurants for Dosa Breakfast and Sri Ananda Bahwan or the 2 Hawker Centers C.F. near Chew Jetty or Red Garden on Penang Street for Dinner.

    Good thing, you can eat 3 times a day 😉

  2. No worries!
    Penang’s food makes people excited! Do you weigh the same as 2 weeks ago? HA!
    Next time I go back I will have to get all your recommendations.

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