Top Halal Food in South Korea
It’s easier than ever these days to find halal food, wherever you are in the world. South Korea, for instance, now offers a variety of halal-friendly eateries to cater to the discerning Muslim traveler.
Here’s a list of completely Muslim-friendly restaurants where the Muslim owners stand by the halal status of their ingredients, with absolutely no pork or alcohol served. These all come highly recommended and often make the top 10 lists of halal establishments in the country.
1. EID – 이드 Halal Korean Food
Eid is a well-known halal-certified eatery that offers authentic, yet halal, Korean food. It is just around the corner from a mosque making it easy to observe prayer times.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30am to 9.00pm. Closed on Monday.
Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
2. Kampungku Restaurant
Craving Malaysian food? Kampungku offers both authentic Korean and Malaysian food, with the latter including popular staples such as Nasi Lemak and Chicken Satay. Although it’s not KMF-certified, the Muslim owners assure the food is halal.
Kampungku even offers a designated prayer room as well as prayer robes for women who need them.
Opening hours: Daily, 11.00am to 10.00pm.
Address: Jong-ro 20-gil, Namsandong 2(i)-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
It’s slightly trickier to find Muslim-friendly food in Busan but Cappadocia is a welcome gem, serving delicious and reasonably-priced Turkish cuisine.
The restaurant serves authentic Turkish dishes such as kebab, Ekmek (Turkish bread) and Yahni (Turkish meat stew). A must-try is their trademark Kimchi kebab, which is very popular.
Opening hours: 11.30am – 10pm, Sundays to Fridays, 11.30am – 8.30pm on Saturdays
Address: 123-9 Geumdan-ro, Namsan-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
4. Namcheon Sutbul
This Muslim-friendly Korean restaurant is most known for its signature charcoal-grilled eel. Also try the delicious spicy fish stew, a great choice for those wanting a little more kick in their cuisine.
Opening hours: 10.30am to 12.00am, Open daily.
Address: 71-1, Hwangnyeong-daero 489beon-gil, Suyeong-gu, Busan
Jeju island also houses halal establishments including a halal shabu-shabu place! Despite the higher price at KRW34,000 per person it uses halal meat certified by the Jeju Islamic Cultural Centre.
Besides beef, they also serve delicious seafood including prawns, crab, crayfish, and abalone. Do note while they serve no pork, alcohol is served on the premises. There are also prayer facilities available.
Opening hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm daily
Address: 25 Halladaehak-ro, Nohyeong-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do
6. Uribong Sikdang
If you plan to visit Seongsan Ilchulbong or Seongsan Sunrise Peak, this restaurant is a good place to stop by for abalone seafood hotpot. It is also famous for its grilled mackerel.
The restaurant serves only seafood with no meat or alcohol used in cooking. Do note alcohol is served here, however. They also provide a convenient prayer room.
Opening hours: 8.30am to 9.00pm daily
Address: 273, Ilchul-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
The Korea Tourism Organisation (KTO) has also created a Muslim-Friendly Restaurants Guidebook. Make sure to enquire at the nearest KTO branch at your country for availability.
For Jeju specifically, you can search for Muslim-friendly restaurants at the Visit Jeju website.
Now you can have peace of mind when booking your flight to South Korea, knowing halal, authentic Korean food and a variety of other food choices are waiting for you there.
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