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11 Halal Korean Restaurants You Must Visit When In Korea


Have Halal Will Travel •  Oct 28, 2015


What's a trip to Korea without savouring its awesome cuisine? Ah, dakgalbi, bibimbap and tteokbokki - it's hard not to love these yummy dishes and if you're looking for halal authentic Korean food in Korea, this is JUST the perfect guide for you ? So, without further ado, let your Korean food adventure begin!
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1. EID - 이드 Halal Korean Food
If you've visited Seoul recently or are planning to, it's extremely likely that you've heard of this particular restaurant. Our writer made a trip down and absolutely loved their food as well as the wide array of halal Korean food they serve! Like most halal eateries in Seoul, EID is located in Itaewon and even if this wasn't originally on your itinerary, we highly recommend making a trip down just to try authentic halal Korean food. After all, what's a trip to Seoul if you've not tried the local cuisine!
Credit: @labekka on Instagram Like all other Korean eateries, they serve refillable banchan (side dishes), which we absolutely love :P If you want to be in close proximity to all these yummy food, be sure to check out the EID guesthouse for muslim-friendly accommodation in Seoul! Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Korea Muslim Federation), Mosque nearby Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 11.30am to 9.00pm. Closed on Monday Price: Mains cost around ₩8,000 - ₩12,000. Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul How to get there: As you reach the main gate of the mosque go on the road which faces opposite the mosque (not the small lane beside the mosque). There’s a grocery shop on your right side as you enter the street. Walk straight ahead for 100m and the restaurant is on your left. Check out our guide to Itaewon for more info! P.S. Have you eaten at EID Restaurant before? Tell us why you love the dishes on our website and help the Muslim travel community!
2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant storefront
Credit: Makan Halal Korean Restaurant on Facebook
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant is another relatively new restaurant located in Itaewon which opened their doors in 2015. Similar to EID, this homely restaurant serves local Korean fare such as bulgogi (grilled marinated beef), dakdoritang (spicy braised chicken), mulnaengmyeon (cold noodles - a must in summer!) and more! [caption id="attachment_2897" align="alignnone" width="781"]
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Dakdoritang - spicy braised chicken stew[/caption]
Credit: Makan Halal Korean Restaurant on Facebook
If you don't have the luxury of time to dine in the restaurant, fret not! They provide dosiraks (Korean packed lunches) for takeouts as well. [caption id="attachment_2896" align="alignnone" width="641"]
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Bulgogi Dosirak - marinated grilled beef lunch box[/caption]
Credit: Makan Halal Korean Restaurant on Facebook
#HHWT Tip: If you're looking for accommodation near the halal eateries, Itaewon is the place to be! Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Korea Muslim Federation), Mosque nearby Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday -10.30am to 10pm (Closed on Tuesday) Price: Mains cost around ₩8,000 - ₩12,000. Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea 140-911 How to get there: The restaurant is located just in front of the Seoul Central Masjid and a short walk away from EID restaurant. P.S. If you've been to this eatery, tell us which is your favourite dish here and why you love it!
3. Busan Jib Restaurant
Credit: @omaralattas on Instagram Tucked away in the streets of Myeongdong, Busan Jib serves delicious authentic Korean cuisine using halal-certified meat. Must try dishes include their Korean spicy chicken stew and ginseng chicken? You can also make your very own Bulgogi lettuce wraps here!
Credit: @ribenalemonad on Instagram Even if you're not a meat person, this is still the restaurant for you as they serve similarly yummy seafood dishes! Be sure to try their spicy seafood stew and chilli sotong (chilli squid). If you're feeling a little homesick and craving for some 'Malay' food, you have to try their ikan bakar (grilled fish) and asam pedas!
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Credit: @ifwah_ak on Instagram For those wondering about the halal certification, one of our writers visited this place and confirmed that the meat is halal-certified☺️ If you've tried the yummy food here, leave us a review of your experience, to share with other fellow Muslim travellers! Note: This restaurant is pork-free. Halal Status: Halal meat available *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily Price: Most mains cost around ₩8,000 to ₩10,000 Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea Exact location:
4. BoA Guesthouse - Halal Korean Dosirak
Although it's not an actual restaurant, but rather a guest house - BoA travel house has a total of 8 different halal dosiraks (Korean packed lunch-boxes) on their main menu including a jajangmyeon (black bean sauce) dosirak! You can also try halal Korean rice cake (tteokpeokki) and fried chicken, which are on their side menu! If you're a fan of kdramas, you should know that Korean fried chicken tastes absolutely wonderful :P Check out their full menu here. If you're not in a rush, it is possible to dine in the guesthouse. :)
Credit: @boatravelhouse on Instagram Plus points? BoA guesthouse is located in Hongdae, one of the must-visit trendy spots in Seoul. So not to worry, this will definitely fit into your itinerary Halal Status: Halal meat available, Prayer facilities in establishment *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion How to order: Simply drop them a message on Facebook indicating the item and quantity, pick up time and your accommodation in Seoul. Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday - 12pm to 9pm (Closed on Monday and Tuesday) Price: ₩7,000 per dosirak if you're a guest at the guesthouse. - ₩8,000 for other guests. The prices for the sides vary. Address: 15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea 120836 How to get there:
5. Namisum Kkokko Chuncheon Dakgalbi
After touring Nami Island, rest your feet and fill your stomach at this restaurant! The most raved about food here is their dakgalbi so make sure you order this?
Credit: @gerrygoodlife on Instagram The dakgalbi here is cooked differently from those in Seoul particularly because they use hotpans to cook the meat in Seoul, but here they use grills! Yum!
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Credit: @j_ngx_an on InstagramNote: This restaurant is pork-free. Do note that reservation is required for halal menu, so do call the restaurant in advance! Halal Status: Halal meat available *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion Opening Hours: Monday to Friday - 9am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday - 9am to 10pm Price Range: ₩8,000-₩11,000 Directions: Take the Gyeongchun line and get off at Gapyeong station. Take bus no. 33-5 or the Gapyeong city bus
6. Dongmun (Nami Island)
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Okay, so technically Nami island isn't IN Seoul but it's one of the must-visit tourist attractions and there's an authentic halal Korean restaurant on the island too! Dong Mun (Dongmoon) is the fourth halal certified restaurant in Korea and they have an extensive menu selling all sorts of Asian dishes ranging from Vietnamese pho to (of course) halal Korean food!
Credit: Nurul Lulu on Facebook Think a variety of bibimbab (Korean mixed rice), jajangmyeon (black bean paste noodles) and bulgogi! It's the perfect place to rest and grab a bite after a long day of sightseeing around the gorgeous Nami Island. Halal Status: Halal Certified (by Korea Muslim Federation), Prayer facilities in establishment Opening Hours: Monday to Friday and winter season - 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday during non-winter seasons - 10am to 8pm Price: Most mains cost around ₩10,000 to ₩12,000 Address: 1 Namisum-gil, Namsan-myeon, Chun-cheon-si, Gang-won-do P.S. Help the Muslim travel community and share your reviews on Dongmun here!
7. Yang Good BBQ - Yeoksam
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 an authentic Korean BBQ experience at Yang Good! Choose from either un-marinated 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 many locals too, but the ingredients and the lamb meat are halal certified! Halal Status: Halal meat available, Alcohol is served in establishment *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion Opening Hours: 4pm to 12am, closed on SundayPrice: ₩11,000 - ₩30,000 Address: Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15. 서울특별시 강남구 논현로95길 15 Directions:  P.S. If you've visited Yang Good before, tell us all about it right here!
8. Namiok – Gyeonggi-do (Near Nami Island)
Credit: @michellectting on Instagram If you're visiting Nami Island, you have to make a (side) trip to Namiok for halal Dakgalbi 닭갈비 (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!
Credit: @kiki_xii on Instagram That’s enough to make us want to fly to Korea this minute! Halal Status: Halal meat available, Prayer facilities in establishment *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm, daily Price: ₩10,000 - ₩18,000 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! P.S. If you've been to Namiok, share with us your experience here!
9. Ilji Hanbang Samgyetang [One of our readers has informed us that this place is already closed ?]
Craving for some ginseng chicken soup with herbs? This restaurant is perfect for you!Ilji Hanbang requires you to make a reservation for their halal menu, so do ensure that you call in advance!Note: The information we gathered on this restaurant is from the KTO Muslim-friendly booklet.Opening Hours:10am to 10pm (daily)Price: ₩13,000 - ₩15,000Address: 48, Myeongdong 8ga-gil, Jung-gu, SeoulDirections: Go to exit 10 of Myeongdong station of Seoul Subway's Line 4. It's a 2-minute walk from the station.
10. Osegyehyang Vegetarian Restaurant
Insadong, known for its traditional atmosphere, is a hub of traditional Korean restaurants. When you see a line of Hanok styled buildings, you’ll know that this is home to some of the best gourmet Korean restaurants in town, places even the locals come to savour the delicious menu. Plus, it's hard to find alcohol-free Muslim-friendly restaurants in Korea so this one is definitely a gem!
Ohsegehyang translates literally to “Aromas of the Five Worlds”. This vegetarian restaurant is well known by locals for its delicious vegetarian dishes! With a budget of 15,000 Won per person, you can enjoy a nice and hearty meal over here. Ohsegehyang uses vegetables and soy products in place of meat. The dishes are so well prepared that we could barely differentiate it from the original version! For example, Tang Su Yuk, a dish traditionally made with meat is replaced by mushrooms. Do give it a shot if you're in the vicinity!
P.S. If you're visiting Insadong, our Muslim-friendly travel guide to Insadong will definitely come in handy! Halal Status: Vegetarian option available *Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3.30pm, 5pm to 9pm (daily) Price: ₩6,000 - ₩16,000 Address: 14-5, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul Directions: Go to exit 3 of Anguk station of Seoul Subway's Line 3. It's a 5-minute walk from the station
11. Halal Kitchen Korea
If you ever wanted to try authentic halal Korean cuisine prepared by a Korean chef, Halal Kitchen Korea is the perfect place for you! The food here is cooked by a Korean Muslim, Hassan Lee.
Located in Bukchon, here's your chance to experience Korean dining in a hanok (traditional Korean house). Try their soft and chewy tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), stewed in spicy sauce. The combination of chewy rice cakes with flavourful quail eggs is heavenly. It's so yummy we couldn't get enough of it!
The highlights of the meal are definitely the bulgogi, yanggalbi and dakgalbi. Enjoy your beef bulgogi, thinly marinated slices of meat, barbecued to perfection ? Have it with rice to satisfy your growling tummy.
Credit: @iryan.r on Instagram Indulge in the yanggalbi-jim (braised short rib lamb) with either the spicy or soy sauce, depending on your taste buds. Either way, the meat will certainly melt in your mouth ? Deliveries and lunch boxes are also available in case you need the food to-go or you want to eat from the comfort of your own accommodation. If you're pressed for time, you can also order ahead before arriving at the restaurant. *Note: A reader has informed us that Halal Kitchen currently (as of Nov 2018) serves only Bulgogi and Samgyetang with a minimum order of 2 servings. #HHWT Tip: The restaurant provides a prayer space, so fret not, you can eat to your heart’s content without having to rush to a mosque! P.S. If you've been to Halal Kitchen, tell us more about your experience here! Halal Status: Muslim Owned, Prayer facilities in establishment Address: 86-2 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm (Closed on Tuesdays) How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Palace is your landmark. Find Samcheong police office and an e-mart convenient store. After 100m, you’ll see ‘Boy London’ fashion store. Take a right turn and you’ll see the ‘Halal Kitchen’ sign.
BONUS: Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market 노량진수산시장 (Not halal-certified)
Credit: @whatiwaslookingat on Instagram 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!
Credit: @johwa_roi on Instagram When you reach the market, head straight to the first floor to select your seafood and don’t forget to bargain! The stallholders are usually willing to lower their prices if you purchase more items from them.
Credit: @ashyllicious on Instagram  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 Halal Status: Seafood options available Opening Hours: General Fish Market: 1.30am – 10pm 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). Address: 674 Nodeul-ro, Noryangjin 1(il)-dong, Dongjak-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea 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) You can find all these halal eateries along with the top attractions and prayer spaces on our website here!
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 duroisseoyo 이요리는 고기/햄 들어있어요?
  • Please do not put meat / ham – gogi/haem neotjimaseyo 고기/햄 넣지마세요
  • Please remove meat / ham – gogi/haem paejuseyo 고기/햄 빼주세요
  • I don’t eat meat – naneun gogireul an meogeoyo 나는 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 나는 야채와 해물만 먹을 수있어요.
  • I’m a vegetarian – naneun chaesikjaimnida 나는 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!