Halal Food Guide, Seoul, South Korea

Top 3 Local Halal Food in Korea

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UPDATE: We’ve updated our list so do check out the 7 Halal Korean Restaurants in Korea You Must Visit At Least Once!

And if you’re planning your trip to Seoul, don’t forget to download the HHWT Travel Planner app for Android and iOS! Find must-see attractions, halal food places and prayer spaces all in one app 🙂

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We’ve stayed in Seoul for 6 months so trust us when we say we’ve found the top 3 halal local food in Korea! In the past, halal food in Korea meant Indian cuisine and kebabs. Thanks to the K wave, you can now enjoy the delicious local Korean food that your favorite Korean artistes have been eating!

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1. Murree Muslim Food마리무슬림푸드 – Itaewon

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If you’re visiting Seoul, you have to try authentic halal Korean dishes at Murree! They have one of the most extensive menus serving halal Korean food such as Samgyetang 삼게탕 (Ginseng Chicken Soup), Kimchi Bokkeumbap 김치 볶음밥(Kimchi Fried Rice), Bulgogi 불고기 (Marinated Grilled Beef), Kimchi Jeon김치전 (Kimchi Pancake) and more. The best part? They provide a number of refillable banchan 반찬(sidedishes), which is as authentic as you can go in Korea!

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Our personal favourites are the Bulgogi and Sundubu Jjigae순두부찌개 (Spicy Soft Tofu Stew).

Address: 140-7 Itaewon-Dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-858

Directions: Itaewon (Line 6) – Exit 3. Walk straight and turn right at the Kebab store. Walk up the hill past Salam Bakery and make a left turn at the hill’s junction. Murree will be on your right next to a row of shop houses leading up to the Seoul Central Mosque. (Thank you, kayoskookies.com for the directions!)

Opening Hours: 10.30am – 11pm

Price: S$10 – 35

2. Yang Good BBQ – Yeoksam
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If you’ve stared longingly at the locals enjoy their BBQ meal and wished you could try halal BBQ in Korea too, we know how you feel. Boy are we glad that we can have authentic Korean BBQ at Yang Good!

Choose from either unmarinated lamb to enjoy the tender lamb meat in its full glory, or opt for the marinated lamb to savour juicy lamb rack coated with Korean sweet sauce! If there’s still room in your tummy, Yang Good also has lamb soup, deonjang-jjigae 된장찌개 (fermented soybean paste soup), mulnaengmyeon물냉면 (cold noodles) and other Korean dishes. The perfect place to drop by for dinner after shopping at Gangnam or cafe-hopping at Garosugil!

*Alcohol is served here as the restaurant serves the locals too, but the ingredients and the lamb meat are halal certified!

Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15. 서울특별시 강남구 논현로95길 15

Directions: Yeoksam (Line 2). Do visit yanggood01 for clearer directions to Yang Good BBQ 🙂

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Opening Hours: 3pm – 2am

Price: S$10 – 35 (₩11,000 – ₩30,000)

3. Namiok – Gyeonggi-do (Near Nami Island)

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If you’re visiting Nami Island, you have to make a trip to Namiok for halal Dakgalbi닭갈비 (Korean spicy stir-fried chicken)! Just picture stir-fried chicken marinated with gochujang 고추장 (red pepper paste) along with sliced cabbage, tteokbokki 떡볶이 (Korean rice cakes) and rice served on a sizzling hot plate! That’s enough to make us want to fly to Korea this minute!

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Address:  786-2 Eupnae-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (경기도 가평군 가평읍 읍내리 786-2)

Directions: 15 min drive from Nami Island’s Ferry Dock. We highly recommend taking a taxi there, do show the taxi driver the address in Korean!

Opening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00

Price: S$12 – 18 (₩10,000 – ₩18,000)

 

*Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market노량진수산시장 (Not halal-certified)
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If you’re a seafood lover, you MUST visit Noryangjin Fish Market for the freshest seafood – Korean style! King crabs, lobsters, abalone, scallop, prawns, the weirdest species of shellfishes and more. If you can name it, they have it!

*The restaurants at this fish market are not halal-certified so please visit at your own discretion!

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When you reach the market, head straight to the first floor to select your dishes and don’t forget to bargain! The stallholders are usually willing to lower their prices if you purchase more items from them. Once you’ve made your choice, it’s time to make your way up to the second floor for them to be prepared in a restaurant. You’ll have a choice of steamed, grilled or raw. Do note that there will be a preparation fee per item if you would like your seafood to be grilled or steamed.

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Our recommendations:

Maeuntang매운탕 (Spicy fish soup) – Order this at the restaurant!

Jeonbok 전복 (Abalone) – The best way to enjoy your abalone is to have it steamed!

Fishes, e.g. Yellowtail, Flounder – Sashimi (Hoe, pronounced hway회)

Garibi 가리비(Scallop) – Grilled

Ge게(Crab) – Steamed

Address: 688, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 동작구 노들로 688 (노량진동)

Directions: Noryangjin (Line 1) – Exit 1. Cross the overhead bridge and you’ll find an open carpark area. Head down the stairs and brace yourselves for a bird’s eye view of the fish market. (If all else fails, follow the smell of seafood :D)

Opening Hours: General Fish Market – 01:30 – 22:00

Price: This depends on the number of items you order. The most expensive dish would probably be a king crab, which can cost around S$105 (₩85,000), excluding the cost of preparation but we promise you, it’s worth every won (so sweet and juicy).

You can find all these halal eateries along with the top attractions and prayer spaces on the HHWT Travel Planner app that is now available for download on iOS and Android! Download it now and plan your itinerary for your Seoul trip! Visit www.hhwt.io to find out more 😉  (And if you love the app, don’t forget to drop us a review too!)

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Useful Phrases

We know it’s really hard to find halal food outside of Itaewon so we’ve prepared some phrases that you may find handy when ordering your food!

  • Does this dish contain meat / ham? – yi yorineun gogi/haem notgoisseoyo 이요리는 고기/햄 놓고있오요?
  • Please do not put meat / ham – gogi/haem notjimaseyo고기/햄 놓지마세요
  • Please remove meat / ham – gogi/haem paejuseyo고기/햄 빼주세요
  • I don’t eat meat – naneun gogireul an meogeoyo나는 고기를 안먹어요
  • I can’t eat meat – naneun gogireul mot meogeoyo.나는 고기를 못 먹어요
  • I can only eat vegetables and seafood – naneun yachaewa haemulman meogeul suyiseoyo 난는 야채와 해물만 먹을 수있어요.
  • I’m a vegetarian – naneun yachaejaimnida나는 채식자입니다

If you’ve discovered any other halal Korean food places in South Korea, please share it with us by leaving a comment! 🙂 And do share our guide with your friends and family if you find it useful!

 

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  • I've tried all 3 & I beg to differ.Muree's food was average & pricey. For W150000 I got a measly 3-4 thin fatty pieces of beef ribs floating in less than half a bowl of soup. Their naan was more like pizza dough. Service was poor and no top up of side dishes.Namiok was also average & it's service was bad. Rude and arrogant ladies served us. Didn't feel any warmth at that place.Yang Good Lamb was slightly better than the other 2 but again their lamb servings were full of fat & almost half gone uneaten due to in chewable fats.I would recommend the following places for halal food run by warm hospitable Koreans:Makan Halal Korean & Eid Halal Restaurant, both located near the mosque. Their food was good and had good size portions cheaper than Murree. They also offer free flow of side dishes.
  • Hello, thank you for linking my entry post about Yang Good to your site. I have another suggestion for halal restaurant, Eid Halal Restaurant, I went there last April, and I highly recommend it to you if you are planning to go to Seoul next time. Also you can check out my entry on Eid at my website, http://radinfadli.com/berjalan-jalan/%EC%9D%B4%EB%93%9C-itaewon-makanan , the price is cheaper than Muree. Run by a family of korean Muslim, Saad and his dad Mr yusuf, they are very friendly. =)
  • Salam all,Any accommodation to recommend where we can easily find halal food (Korean not indian) and easy access to train stations. We are travelling with 2 kids so not suitable for guesthouse stay.And places of interests for children too...thanks. JazakAllah Khair..
    • Assalamualaikum, Sorry for the late reply! Most of the halal Korean food is found in Itaewon so staying there would be great! We haven't stayed in Itaewon before but we did a quick search, IP Boutique hotel seems to be good and really close to the subway! If you change your mind about guesthouses, there is a Muslim-friendly one in Itaewon too - Eid Muslim Friendly Guesthouse. Hope this helps & have a great trip! :)
  • […] Don’t worry, you can also get other types of cooked seafood at Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market! […]
  • I was planning to stay for a year Korea as a part of a teaching program, but I was very unsure how would I cope with food. But I may have to rethink after reading this post! Is it easy to find a halal butcher in Seoul? It's just something I'm very curious about! Jazakallah
    • Hi Safiyya,Thanks for dropping by! We can't recall if there is a halal butcher in Seoul but there are shops selling halal meat in Itaewon. In fact, most of the halal Korean food places are in Itaewon (the Seoul Central Mosque is there too!). We have a few contributers who are studying in Seoul and from their experience, they dine at vegetarian and seafood places in areas where it's difficult to find halal food. Hope this helps! :)
  • Assalamualaikum!I'm planning to visit korea this upcoming Jan and and hoping to get a taste of good seafood at the Noryangjin Fish Market! But I have been searching online that mostly people are eating the Octopus raw is there by any chance tht we could tell them in English tht we would want it cooked? Thank you!
    • Walaikumassalam Sheila! Thanks for dropping by! Unfortunately, most of them only understand Korean or sometimes Mandarin. You can try using this phrase or saving it to your phone and showing it to them - nakji yori haejuseyo 낙지요리해주세요. You can also download our Korean phrase book under the Resources tab! Hope this helps :)
  • Hi. In some of the blogs that i've read, they were eating ice cream while they were in seoul. Am thinking of having waffles with ice cream on top at the Hello Kitty Cafe, Hongdae. So are all ice creams in Seoul halal? Thank you.
    • Hello Wani, unfortunately there're no halal dessert places/cafes in Seoul. Our advice will be to check with the staff/owners of the cafes as to the ingredients used in the desserts. Perhaps you can download our Korean phrasebook to help you out with this. http://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/the-only-korean-phrasebook-youll-need-for-muslim-travellers-by-hhwt/
  • Assalamualaikum wr wb allI just came back from Korea last week and would like to share my dining experience with some of the halal restaurants in Itaewon. First of all, never ever patronize Muree Muslim Food. Expensive and tasteless food! On our 1st night, we roamed around Itaewon trying to find EID or Makan Restaurant but lost our way. Desperate and hungry we went into Muree and ordered kimchi stew, curry and beef soup. The curry doesn't taste like curry, kimchi stew is diluted with few slices of meat and no sight of beancurd and beef soup is too sweet. So so disappointed with it, I can understand if an Indian stall can mess up a Korean dish but with the curry???!!Didn't give up and asked for directions this time, we finally found Makan Restaurant and at least a truly authentic Korean food!! I would prefer Makan Restaurant than EID as they offered more variety of food. EID only have limited choices of dishes per day and they are sold out pretty fast. You tends to feel more hungry during winter so go early. Didn't bother to try the rest of the Turkish or Lebanese as I spent my dinner mostly at Makan Restaurant. :)
    • wa'alaikum salam,Thank you for sharing your experience and your recommendations with us! Oh dear, that must have been very disappointing :( We haven't tried Makan Restaurant ourselves but we'll definitely give it a try when we head back to Korea :) Hope you had a great trip!
  • […] Halal, Will travel have a brilliant list of useful phrase translations you can use on your trip here. If you eat chicken, then the fried chicken in Korea is apparently the best you can get. My friend […]
    • Hello! Thanks for dropping by :D We do have a guide for halal food in Busan and Jeju as well! Jeju - http://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/5-must-try-muslim-friendly-korean-eateries-in-jeju/ Busan - http://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/explore-koreas-underrated-coastal-city-muslim-friendly-travel-guide-to-busan/ Hope these come in handy :)
    • Waalaikumsalam. Unfortunately, we do not know of any grocery stores in DDM. For a halal restaurant, you can refer to our guide in Dongdaemun - http://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/5-things-to-do-in-dongdaemun-seoul-besides-shopping/ There are also a number of eateries selling grilled fish in Dongdaemun, but these restaurants also sell alcohol. Hope this helps!
    • Hello Athirah, thanks for dropping by :D There aren't any halal certified restaurants in Seoul serving grilled eels. We're not too sure if the stalls in Doo-uh Mari serve other meat products but they do have alcohol in the shops, so do dine at your own discretion! P.S. Don't forget to download our HHWT Travel Planner app (www.hhhwt.io) to plan your trip to Seoul :D
  • any halal restaurant for rappoki (toppoki sauce with noodle) and bokkeumbap (the one with giant pot and they live cook it for you) in seoul area? :) sorry if the names are wrong
    • Hello! BoA travel house sells rabokki, so do check them out :D You can find them in our HHWT travel planner app at www.hhwt.io or check out our updated article at http://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/7-halal-korean-restaurants-in-korea-you-must-visit-at-least-once!

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