Being a melting pot of cultures, Singapore is home to a diverse mix of flavours that will leave your tastebuds tingling! From local delicacies such as Nasi Padang
and Wanton Mee
to fusion cuisine such as tacos and pho
, you’ll be endlessly spoilt for choice ?
Don’t know where to start your Halal food expedition? No worries! We’ve got you covered with our list of top 11 halal eateries in Singapore every tourist must visit ?
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1. Hjh. Maimunah Restaurant – Malay and Indonesian CuisineCredit: Hajah Maimunah
Serving a wide array of scrumptious kampung styled traditional Malay and Indonesian dishes, Hajah Maimunah Restaurant is a favourite amongst the locals!
Standout dishes include Beef Rendang
(braised beef), Sambal Belachan
(chilli and shrimp paste), Ayam Bakar Padang
(grilled chicken), Tahu Telor
(deep-fried beancurd) and Ikan Bakar
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If you somehow still have room in your belly for dessert, the restaurant also serves traditional desserts such as Kueh Lapis
(layered cake) and Ondeh Ondeh
(a Pandan dessert filled with palm sugar)!
We recommend dining as a group as not only will the food be more affordable, but the portions given are huge!
You can try to finish everything on your own but we don’t recommend it ?
Still not convinced? The restaurant was even awarded the Bib Gourmand rating in the inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore 2016!Address:
- 11 & 15 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199078
- 20 Joo Chiat Road #01-02 Singapore 427357
- 3017 Bedok North Street 5 #04-08 Gourmet East Kitchen Singapore 486121
+65 6297 4294 (Jalan Pisang) / +65 6348 5457 (Joo Chiat)
- Jalan Pisang Outlet: 7am to 8pm (Open daily except Sunday)
- Joo Chiat Outlet: 8am to 9pm (Open daily except Monday)
- Bedok North Outlet: Open Daily (By appointment only)
2. Bismilah Briyani – Indian CuisineCredit:Bismillah BiryaniAnother recipient of the Bib Gourmand rating in 2016
, Bismillah Briyani is arguably one of the most authentic biryani in Singapore. Options include lamb, chicken and fish briyani.
Be warned though, no gravy or dalcha
(a stew made from mutton, chana dal and tamarind) is served with their briyani. Instead, you’ll be served an accompanying dish of yoghurt with onions and green chilli, which gives it a spicy kick!
With tender, well marinated meat infused with fragrant herbs and spices on top of fluffy Basmati rice, you can expect to have a full and hearty meal. Also, no ghee is used so you can indulge without feeling too guilty about it ?#HHWT Tip:
Must try dishes include the Mutton Dum Biryani and Shami kebab!
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To finish off your meal, get yourself a milky Kulfi
(frozen dairy treat) popsicle with crushed pistachio nuts or a refreshing mango lassi?
50 Dunlop Street Singapore 209379
+65 9382 7937
11.30am to 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
3. Zam Zam Restaurant – Indian CuisineCredit: Evelovelle
Home to the most popular murtabak
in Singapore, the century-old Zam Zam restaurant is conveniently located at North Bridge Road. What better place to stop by for a bite after a long day of sightseeing?
– fried dough stuffed with chicken, mutton or beef with onions and egg, served with a bowl of mouthwatering curry. We’d like to think of it as roti prata
’s meatier cousin.
When ordering murtabak, you can choose between mutton, beef, chicken and even deer! Though all options sound very appealing, we’d recommend their mutton variation. Served with an extra layer of fried plain prata at the bottom and an egg with minced mutton on top, this dish is worth every. Single. Calorie.
If mutton isn’t your calling, try their chicken murtabak instead! With tender chunks of masala chicken wrapped in a fluffy egg prata, it’s a good alternative to its’ red meat brothers.
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Aside from murtabak
, Zam Zam also serves other dishes such as Roti Prata
, Mee Goreng
Fish Curry and more! Your belly will definitely thank us for this ?Address:
697 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198675
+65 6298 6320
Open daily, 8am to 11pm
4. Tang Tea House Hong Kong Café – Chinese CuisineCredit: Tang Tea House
Now, you may see Chinese food all around the island but very few
of them are Halal-certified! (Such a shame?) But probably the best place to try Zi Char (
a term used by locals to describe home-style and comfort dishes) would be Tang Tea House!
With 3 outlets island-wide, the rustic restaurant serves halal dim sum and other authentic Chinese local dishes. Best of all, the Bedok outlet is open till 3am for those late night cravings ?
We highly recommend trying the fried bee hoon
(fried noodles), hor fun
(a noodle dish) and everyone’s favourite – chicken rice! Another popular dish is the sinful but utterly delicious Pan Fried Crispy Bee Hoon.
Still can’t seem to decide? Do look out for the chef’s recommendations in the menu
Also well-known for the authenticity and freshness of its halal dim sum, Tang Tea House serves dishes ranging from Shanghai steamed dumplings, Siew Mai
, Har Kow
and their famous Golden Sand Pau (Liu Sha Pau)! The risk of you overindulging is very high so you’ve been warned! ?
- Simpang Bedok Outlet: Shop Houses No. 357/359, 357 Bedok Road, Singapore 469545
- Jalan Kayu Outlet: 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466
- Jurong Outlet: 414 Jurong West St 42, #01-783, Singapore 640414
+65 6445 9100 (Bedok) / 6483 2298 (Jalan Kayu) / 6493 2522 (Jurong)
- Sun – Thursday: 11am to 1am / Fri, Sat & Public Holiday: 12pm to 3am (Bedok)
- Sun – Thursday: 11am to 12am / Fri, Sat & Public Holiday: 12pm to 2am (Jalan Kayu)
- Sun-Sat: 11am-11pm (Jurong)
5. Mackenzie Rex Restaurant – Chinese CuisineCredit: Best of Halal
Located along Prinsep Street, the family run restaurant is widely known for serving its’ famous steamed chicken - with a halal twist! Another variation of what we’d basically call Singapore’s national dish, the Hainanese Chicken Rice is a plateful of fragrant rice with slices of ever so tender, moist chicken breast.
Credit: Best of HalalCredit: @khalisnb on Instagram
Other lip-smacking dishes include the Crispy Cereal Prawns; succulent prawns coated and fried with a batter of sweet cereal bits. Another crowd favourite is the fiery Black Pepper Crab, a delectable dish loaded with pieces of garlic and crushed black peppercorns. You’d be guaranteed a mini explosion of flavors with every bite!
66 Prinsep Street #01-01, Singapore 188668
+65 6336 1702
Open daily, 11.30am – 10pm
$ - $$
6. So Pho (Paragon Basement) – Vietnamese Cuisine
Craving for a hot bowl of yummy, comfort goodness? ? Head on down to So Pho! One of the few halal Vietnamese restaurants around, the dishes range from noodles and wraps to rice bowls and traditional sandwiches.
Complete with comfortable, colourful cushions as its’ décor, the restaurant provides simple order sheets where you can write down your dish in number form based on the menu.
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The star dish would definitely be the pho,
a type of Vietnamese soup typically made from beef stock. The soup is light and easy on the stomach, with an abundance of springy, chewy noodles floating in it. A pretty healthy meal to be quite honest ?
You also have the option of choosing the meat, either beef or chicken!
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If you’re up for some bite sized appetisers, we’d recommend the flavourful rice wraps or crispy, fried spring rolls! For a light meal, opt for the banh mi
- a Vietnamese snack consisting of a baguette typically filled with meat, pickled vegetables, and chilli.
B1-20 The Paragon, 290 Orchard Road Singapore 238859
+65 6235 0414
Open daily, 11am – 10pm
$ - $$
7. Makan By the Bay Malay Seafood (Satay By the Bay) – Malay CuisineCredit: Cavin Teo
Enjoy a scrumptious meal with a view at Satay by the Bay! Overlooking the waterfront, the food centre has 4 halal stalls selling satay
(small pieces of meat grilled on a skewer). You have the option of ordering beef, mutton or chicken.
And of course, no satay
is complete without a side of savoury peanut sauce ?
Beside the piping hot and juicy satay,
the halal Malay seafood stall offers a variety of stir-fried hawker food and BBQ seafood like prawn, crab, fish and crayfish.
Though we haven’t gotten the chance to try it, we’d heard rave reviews about their salted and butter crayfish! So do give the dish a try and let us know what you think of it ?
18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-19 Singapore 018953
+65 6538 9956
4pm - 10.15pm
8. Encik Tan – Asian Cuisine (Bugis)Credit: Encik Tan
We don’t know about you but we’re always on the lookout for affordable, halal Chinese food! We’ve only recently heard of Encik Tan, though the establishment has been around for a few years. Yet another eatery where Muslims can enjoy halal Chinese cuisine, Encik Tan serves up dishes from the classic wanton
noodle and fishball noodle to carrot cake and popiah
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Their signature noodle is a must try – a big, hearty bowl of wanton mee
with fishballs, slices of fishcake, a chicken meatball and dumpling. Plus, it’s super affordable, being under SGD5!
Another signature dish is their Chicken Cutlet Rice. As its’ name suggests, it’s a plateful of rice with succulent slices of fried chicken cutlet. But the best part? The dish is smothered with curry gravy! If you’re a huge curry fan, this is the perfect dish for you ?
Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #01-02/K1 Singapore 18806
+65 6779 8980
8am – 10pm
9. Ayam Penyet Ria (Far East Plaza) – Indonesia Cuisine
With two outlets in Lucky Plaza, a shopping centre known for selling products from Indonesia and the Philippines, lies Ayam Penyet Ria. Said to have one of the best ayam penyet*
in Singapore, the restaurant serves tasty, authentic and affordable Indonesian cuisine.
The signature dish is fragrant with crispy bits of batter sprinkled on top of a crunchy chicken thigh, with fried tahu
(beancurd) and tempe
(soybean cake) on the side. Let’s not forget the mouth-watering, tear inducing, spicy sambal chilli sauce though! I mean, if your taste buds are up to the challenge that is…
*Ayam penyet -
a fried chicken dish flattened with a wooden pestle.
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You can also opt for other dishes like Empal Penyet
(smashed beef), Ikan Bawal Penyet
(smashed pomfret), Sup Buntut
(oxtail soup) and Soto Ayam
Wash down the fire from the sambal with traditional desserts such as Es Cendol
(Ice Cendol) and Es Campur
(Indonesian iced mixed fruit)!
304 Orchard Road #04-25 Lucky Plaza Singapore 238863
+65 6235 6390
11.30am – 10pm
10. Afterwit – Mexican/Asian Fusion Cuisine (Muslim-owned)Credit: @afterwitsg on Instagram
Everyone’s in need of a good taco every now and then right? Unfortunately, there aren’t many Muslim friendly Mexican places out there, with the exception of Afterwit! Also the people behind (working title), the quaint little café along North Bridge Road serves up a variety of unique tacos, cheesy quesadillas and ever so filling burritos.
Afterwit takes it a step further by infusing local flavours into classic Mexican cuisine. Some flavours include nasi lemak
(chicken, coconut rice, sambal), beef briyani
burritos and even dendeng
tacos! Though a little on the pricey side, the rich and unique flavours totally make up for it ?
778 North Bridge Road S198746
+65 6299 3508
Open daily, 11am – 10pm
11. The Lab SG – Western Cuisine With A Local Touch (Muslim-owned)
Tucked away in the alleyways of Jalan Pisang, The Lab SG is a quirky experimental café that pays homage to Breaking Bad. From the scientific laboratory décor to the presentation and flavours incorporated in their food/drinks, the theme of experimentation is clearly reflected.
Drinks such as their iced coffee are served with espresso shots in syringes so you can experiment
with the caffeine level in your drinks! At The Lab, you’re your own test subject so experiment at your own risk ?
Credit: Miss TamChiak
Don’t you leave without trying their signature dish! Inspired by its namesake, the Heisenburger consists of a homemade tender beef patty, bacon, blue cheese, garlic mayo and served with sweet potato fries.
1 Jalan Pisang #01-01, S199069
+65 62995681 (Reservations for 6-15pax)
Mon to Sat; 12:30pm – 10pm, Sun; 1pm – 9:30pm
[P.S. Check out our list of 10 Halal Cafes for Your Hipster Café-Hopping Adventures in Bugis!]
BONUS: Fluff Bakery (Muslim-owned)
Can’t end off this article without a fantastic dessert recommendation! And what other place to have your fill of sweet treats than Fluff Bakery?
Since its’ launch in 2013, Fluff Bakery has arguably become a household name within the Malay-Muslim community. Having created over a hundred cupcake flavours to date, the charming bakery also sells a selection of layered cakes and tarts!
Do note that Fluff Bakery changes their cupcake and cake menu every week. Desserts are sold out before 7pm as well, so do check them out on Instagram (@fluffbakery
) before heading down!
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4 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199071
Tues to Sat, 12noon - 7pm or when bakes sell out.
Hope this list was extensive enough for you! Happy eating?
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