Hunting halal food, when we Travelling to Korea is definitely in every K-pop or K-drama fan’s bucket list before they kick the bucket – well, at least for me. I’ve been wanting to set foot on the land of kimchi but I was always deterred by the lack of halal food.
Even if there is, I wouldn’t want to eat kebabs every day because that defeats the purpose of being there. However, if you did your homework diligently, you’ll be surprised to know that there are many halal food places in Seoul. Good news for you, I just returned from Seoul and here’s a list of places that sell halal Korean food.
- Ied Halal Korean Food
The very first restaurant we headed to for lunch was Eid Halal Korean Food. Their Beef Bulgogi (₩10,000/ ~S$12.50) is unforgettable, and the best bulgogi we’ve had throughout the entire trip. Despite being a very small eatery, their food left the biggest impression on me. The beef was served on a bibimbap plate, which came along with a bowl of rice and miso soup. I poured my rice into the plate of beef and gave it a good mix, ensuring it was coated with every bit of goodness. Although the slices of meat were thin, they were very tender and flavourful. Each slice was savoury, with hints of sweetness enhanced by the nutty brilliance of sesame.
I love my rice moist and slightly sticky, which is exactly what they had. Their banchan, or side dishes, are refillable. Their kimchi was amazing – piquant with the right amount of spiciness. I may have asked for refills more than three times. Needless to say, I surrendered to food coma and retired in my guesthouse right afterwards.
Address: 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: +82 070 8899 8210
- Halal Kitchen
Walking around Gyeongbokgung Palace, you can drop by Halal Kitchen. Residing among the alleys of Bukchon Hanok village, the place will bring you back to the Joseon Dynasty. This homely place is run by a Korean Muslim. I may have forgotten his name but not his top-notch hospitality.
I had to get Tteokbokki (₩5,000/ ~S$6.25). I was amazed by its huge portion. My plate was filled with rice cakes and quail eggs swimming in the devilishly red sauce. The rice cakes were chewy and soft which paired really well with the sweet and spicy sauce. For its portion, it definitely offers a bang for your buck. I also ordered their Fried Chicken (₩15,000/ ~S$18.75) that comes with soy or spicy sauce. I chose the former and it was not bad, savoury with a subtle sweetness. Its crispy exterior added an addictive crunch to the dish. The serving is enough to be shared among two to three people so it wouldn’t be too pricey if you split the cost.
Address: 86-4 Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am to 9pm
Tel: +82 2 733 3106