Starting a new organic food diet but don’t know where to start? Here are some organic shops in the Klang Valley to help you kickstart your organic food journey.
Malaysians everywhere love their daily dose of nasi lemak and roti canai for breakfast but maybe it’s time to change old habits and look into organic food alternatives for our long-term health. Eating organic foods means consuming food products that are as natural as possible. This means no artificial fertilisers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or GMO ingredients.
Adopting an organic product lifestyle is also a great way to help preserve and protect our planet. Toxic pesticides could lead to groundwater pollution and soil erosion. Being part of the organic movement also means you’re supporting organic companies’ sustainable practices in packaging and energy saving.
In Malaysia, demand for organic foods and organic products has steadily grown over the years. In a Rakuten Insight survey, 45% of Malaysians polled said they were willing to pay up to 25% more for organic foods compared to conventionally grown foods.
Here are a few organic shops that we found that may help you in your organic food journey.
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1. BMS Organics
BMS Organics is a pioneer in Malaysia when it comes to organic foods and products. It was established in 1997 by three brothers: Dr KB Lee, KF Lee and Terry Lee in USJ 9 Subang Jaya. Dr KB Lee was a surgeon in Taiwan during the early 1990s and realised the equal importance of natural foods to modern medicine.
After seeing the improvement that their grandmother made in eight months after consuming organic products produced in Taiwan, the Lee brothers began linking the importance of diets to good health and many major illnesses. They made it their goal to raise awareness to the public about the importance of caring for the environment and dietary knowledge.
From being a small family-run business, they’ve grown to be one of Malaysia’s most successful companies that support healthy organic living. There are now more than 41 BMS Organics outlets and 21 BMS Organics Vegetarian Cafés. You can shop online for various organic products, plus they deliver internationally too.
Locations: Find your nearest BMS Organics outlets here
Justlife brands itself as a retail concept that goes beyond selling organic products. They were established in 1999 when organic shops were still a foreign concept to Malaysians. They are committed to raise awareness and promote a sustainable, Earth-friendly lifestyle.
Justlife was the first approved organic retail franchise by the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, back in 2005. Besides providing quality organic goods, they also share the stories behind the products they provide and help raise awareness about the importance of fair trade and how it helps farmers out of poverty. Visit their online store for a wide selection of organic fresh foods, rice, noodles, grains, and other organic products.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make a conscious effort to live an Earth-friendly lifestyle, check their social media page or better yet walk into a Justlife store near you!
Justlife @ The Gardens Mall
Address: LG-245 The Gardens Mall, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2284 9332
Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm
Justlife @ Tropicana Avenue
Address: P-G-5, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana, 47170 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7890 2727
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Justlife @ Subang Jaya
Address: No. 11 Jalan USJ 14/1M, USJ 14 43328 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-5632 0868
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm (except Saturday and Sunday)
Justlife @ IOI Boulevard
Address: No. C-Gf-48, IOI Boulevard, Jalan Kenari 5, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Contact: 03-8076 9795
Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm (except Sunday)
3. Zenxin Organic Food Malaysia
ZENXIN Organic began its story with Mr Tai Kok Kong and 500 chickens in 1999. He found himself with a lot more compost than he bargained for, knowing the harmful effects of dumping chicken manure and polluting the ground. Then, he discovered organic farming and learned how to upcycle chicken manure. That was when ZENXIN was born.
Together with his son, Mr Tai Seng Yee, ZENXIN Organic now has operations in Malaysia, Singapore, and China. They’ve aligned their business to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals framework.
Their online store offers a wide variety of organic foods and products. They also have a monthly subscription box packed with certified organic foods that changes according to the season and stock availability. It is packed fresh on the morning before it is sent out for delivery.
ZENXIN Organic has been actively supporting the community by preparing and distributing food to the less fortunate. Check them out to get yourself some hearty and locally grown organic produce.
Zenxin Organic Food @ PJ Section 17
Address: 1090, Jalan 17/29, Section 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Contact: 012-608 6335
Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
Zenxin Organic Food @ Sri Petaling
Address: No. 90, Jalan Radin Anum 1, Taman Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact: 03-9059 5299
Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm
4. The Natural Marketplace
The Natural Marketplace was established in 2016 and is a one-stop marketplace for organic whole foods products. They’re all about raising awareness among Malaysians to be more health-conscious.
Their quaint shop is located in the bustling commercial zone of PJ SS2 under the SS2 Babyland shop. If you can’t make it down to their physical location, you may also shop 24/7 via their office webstore, Lazada and Shopee, offering delivery to all of Malaysia.
For those who look to eat well, eat smart and eat clean, the meatless bistro located within the store, offers healthy and yummy meatless food. You can check out the bistro menu here.
The Natural Marketplace @ SS2
Address: 35-39, Jalan SS2/64 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (except Monday)
5. Medifoods Lifestyle Cafe
Medifoods is a healthy foods provider primarily operating as a café. They offer vegetarian-friendly catering services suitable for private catering, cocktail events, and company events.
They have organic produce and products for sale too. You can order food or groceries for delivery or self-pickup at Medifoods’ online store.
Medifoods also offers counselling from their team of pharmacists, dietitians, nutritionists, and lifestyle. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
If you’re looking for a place to eat that offers healthier alternatives or planning an event of any size, now you know who to call.
Medifoods Lifestyle Cafe @ Damansara Kim
Address: 37, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-7490 2282
Opening hours: 11 am – 8 pm
Medifoods @ Bangsar South
Address: Ground Floor, Tower 1, Avenue 3, The Horizon, Bangsar South, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2242 1199
Opening hours: 8 am – 4 pm (except Saturday and Sunday)
Medifoods Lifestyle @ Subang Jaya
Address: 61, Jalan SS 18/6, SS18, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 03-5632 5714
Opening hours: 8:30 am – 9 pm
6. Organic Vegetarian Fresh Mart and Restaurant
Organic Vegetarian Fresh Mart and Restaurant at SS18 Subang Jaya is a popular vegetarian breakfast and lunch spot, usually packed with those looking for a healthy and affordable meal on the go. They serve unique vegetarian takes on local and western meals, with their vegetarian Nyonya dumplings and vegetarian burgers a big hit among diners.
They also sell fresh vegetarian foods and organic goods. If you’re looking for something new to try for lunch, definitely put them on your makan list.
Don’t be thrown off by the prices of organic foods and products. They are generally more expensive than their non-organic counterparts because they are more labour intensive – farmers do not use pesticides, synthetic fertilisers, or antibiotics on their produce. Plus, organic farm operations are smaller compared to conventional farms.
It’s best to switch to healthier organic food alternatives and support these stores as it is not only beneficial for your long-term health, but it is good for the planet too.
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