Let’s face it, as much as everyone loves travelling, not everywhere can cater to Muslims. Especially when it comes to food. One of the major takeaways of travelling is trying different foods from around the world, so it’s always disappointing when you can’t taste the local food because it’s not halal. Many people know the headache that comes with finding halal-friendly establishments, which is why we’re here to help! Here’s a list of the best halal restaurants in Seoul:
Probably the most well-known halal restaurant in the whole of South Korea, EID, which is owned by Korean Muslims, offers authentic Korean cuisine set in a cosy atmosphere. It is located in the heart of Itaewon. Muslim travellers should definitely have Itaewon on their Seoul itinerary anyway, as that’s where you can find the most halal food in general. EID was the first restaurant to receive certification from the Korean Muslim Foundation.
The restaurant has seen both Muslim and non-Muslim guests from all over the world dining in the restaurant, largely because of its delicious menu items. Must-try dishes include tteokbokki (soft rice cake dish), beef bulgogi, jjimdak (braised chicken in a sweet spicy sauce), and jja jang bap (black bean rice).
The best thing about EID is that it offers free refills for soups, drinks, and side dishes. You can enjoy free-flowing authentic kimchi! Additionally, the restaurant is located very close to Seoul Central Mosque.
EID Korean Restaurant
Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays: 11.30 am - 9 pm
Contact: +82 070 8899 8210
Website: EID Korean Restaurant
2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
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Makan Halal Korean Restaurant (MHKR) is just over a year old, having started operations in February 2015. Also located in Itaewon, MHKR serves authentic Korean cuisine, such as mull naengmyeon (cold noodles), bulgogi, and more. Dishes are served in a homely atmosphere.
The best thing about this restaurant? It doesn’t matter if you can’t find a seat or don’t have much time for an eat-in order, because they serve packed lunches or, as Koreans call it, dosirak too. It is a hearty meal served in lunch boxes for take-out orders.
MHKR is located just a short distance away from EID restaurant, situated just in front of Seoul Central Masjid.
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911
Opening Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays - Sundays: 10.30 am - 10 pm
Website: Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
3. Yang Good Korean BBQ
Located near Yeoksam Station, Yang Good Korean BBQ restaurant is probably the best place to go for authentic Korean BBQ. The restaurant welcomes people from all over the world who want to try the marinated BBQ lamb. But, what Korean dining experience is complete without the traditional lettuce + meat + kimchi combination?
The restaurant serves halal lamb meat imported from Australia, and, surprisingly, it doesn’t give off the “lamb smell” that normally throws people off. Also, the lamb is known for being really tender and juicy. There are different sets of meat that you can BBQ, namely, the lamb rack, the marinated lamb, and the skewered lamb. The marinated lamb is the restaurant’s best seller.
Yang Good Korean BBQ
Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15
Opening Hours: 4 pm - 2 am daily
4. Murree Muslim Food
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When in South Korea, do as the South Koreans do! You absolutely must experience an authentic traditional Korean dining experience that comes with a dozen different bowls of side dishes.
Murree Muslim Food is located in Itaewon and serves one of the most extensive halal Korean menus in the region. Here, you can enjoy samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup), kimchi bokkeumbap (kimchi fried rice), kimchi jeon (kimchi pancake), and so much more. And let’s not forget the wide range of side dishes, which are refillable!
Apart from Korean dishes, they also serve Indian cuisine such as the famous chicken biryani.
Food is presented beautifully and warm, so opting for something soupy during the cold weather is highly encouraged! It is also located along the road that leads up to Seoul Central Mosque. So, after a day of exploring Seoul, bring your hungry stomachs to Murree Muslim Food.
Murree Muslim Food
Address: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858
Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 11 pm
Website: Murree Muslim Food
5. Mr. Kebab
What if you’re looking for halal Turkish food in the land of Kimchi? No sweat, because the Turkish fast food chain, Mr. Kebab, will be your next romance! Mr. Kebab is a halal fast-food chain in Korea and has a few outlets located around Itaewon. Apart from that, they also offer a delivery service as well.
They are known for their chicken and lamb kebabs, which people form queues for. Aside from that, they also serve other Turkish delicacies, such as falafel, as well as Turkish desserts and ice cream. Their meals are affordable and come in generous portions.
Address: 192 Itaewon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Website: Mr. Kebab
6. Persian Palace
Why not try some Iranian cuisine next? Persian Palace, located in Sungkyunkwan, will satisfy your stomach and taste buds.
Persian Palace has actually been around in Korea for quite a while, since 2002 to be exact. It was started by an Iranian immigrant who resided in the country since he was studying at the Hanyang University during the 1990s. The restaurant serves authentic Iranian cuisine which, as we all know, is full of curry. The best-selling menu item in this restaurant is the curry with marinated lamb. Fun fact: the lamb used in the curry has actually been marinated for 3 days!
There are also different kinds of other curries that you should try on the menu, including the smoked chicken curry. Other menu items include Iranian-style rice cakes, Iranian-style bread, yoghurt, and more. The restaurant serves alcoholic drinks but the meats used are halal.
Address: 110-522 9, Sungkyunkwan-ro 6-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm
Website: Persian Palace
7. Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant
You can never get sick of kebabs, right? That’s why there’s another Turkish restaurant on the list!
Kervan is a Turkish restaurant located in Itaewon, and it is actually one of the few restaurants recommended by the Korean Tourism Organization. The restaurant is run by Turkish chefs, who have other outlets located around Seoul. They serve Turkish dishes that are nicely presented and come in generous portions, which almost always means that you can’t finish them on your own.
Must-try menu items include, of course, the kebabs, pide (Turkish flatbread), baklava (Mediterranean pastry), and more. The pides come in many different flavours, inlcuding the cheese and lamb, which is probably the highest-selling item on the menu.
Kervan Traditional Turkish Restaurant
Address: 127-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 11 pm
Happy tummy, happy travels
With plenty of halal restaurants on your Seoul itinerary, you won’t have to worry about Googling the best halal food or settling for fast-food, veggie fare, and snacks during your stay. Enjoy the best of Korean food and more with these excellent halal restaurants. Happy travelling and happy eating!
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