20 Muslim-Friendly Meals That Are Worth Travelling The World For


Sharifah Nawwarah •  Sep 16, 2017

If you clicked on this article, chances are you're an ultimate foodie (like us!) I mean, they don't say food is a universal language that brings people together for no reason right...? ?

Credit: Giphy

Take a look at this list of meals around the world that are actually worth travelling for!

Note: Do note that some of the food listed are not halal-certified. We'd advise readers to dine at their own discretion.

[inlinewidget id=28172]

1. Nasi Lemak from Malaysia

A staple dish comprised of steamed rice made fragrant with pandan leaves and coconut cream, topped with crispy, fried anchovies and ground peanuts, crunchy cucumbers and a dollop of spicy-sweet sambal sauce- it's a complete meal you can easily get for a few ringgit at any stall around the corner in Malaysia. There’s no rule as to how you should enjoy a plate of mouth-watering nasi lemak (although adding some fried chicken would be wonderful!), and that’s actually one of the best part ?

Credit: Nasi Lemak Saleha on Facebook

2. Baklava from Turkey

The ultimate dessert of the Turks and everyone around the world knows it! The crunchy pastry texture, nuts filling  with the sugar syrup will absolutely make you come back for more ? Looking for more Turkish goodness? Check out our 9 delicious eats in Istanbul you absolutely have to try!

Credit: fistikcioglu on Instagram

3. Fish & Chips from London

What's a trip to London without trying one of their British classics ? Fresh fish that's fried to perfection and yummy fries to go with it? We'd say yes!

[inlinewidget id=29312]

Credit: seashellrestaurant on Instagram

4. Pho from Vietnam

Vietnamese noodle soup made of broth, rice noodles (which is called pho) and meat such as beef or chicken! If you're looking for halal pho while in Vietnam, we've got you covered and that's pho sure ? Check out this link for the best halal pho in Ho Chi Minh city!

5. Waffles from Belgium

Hit the streets of Belgium and grab one of the best snacks ever - Belgian waffles! Choose a sweet topping for yours such as fruits, nuts, honey, whipped cream or Nutella. Imagine enjoying steaming hot waffles in the middle of a Belgian winter ?


6. Crepes from France

Crepe is also another versatile and delicious snack to enjoy. The safest choice is to have it sweet, so think chocolate, strawberries (or bananas) and whipped cream! Yum ? Planning a trip to Paris? You might find this handy!

Credit: @jodhe on Instagram

 7. Chicken Rice from Singapore

One of the national dishes in Singapore, it's definitely a must-try while you're in the city! It's also any Singaporean's go-to dish when they're not sure of what to eat for their next meal ?

Credit: Changi Airport on Facebook

[inlinewidget id=29879]

8. Bulgogi from South Korea

A traditional Korean beef dish which is often served with rice is one of the best things to eat when you're in town ?


9. Samgyetang from South Korea

A popular dish in Korea, it gets its name from the ingredients: ginseng, and chicken. Ginseng in Korean is ‘Insam’ and ‘gye’ means ‘chicken’ using the Chinese character and therefore ‘tang’ means soup ?

10. Dim sums and dumplings from Hong Kong

You haven’t been to Hong Kong if you haven’t tried the local delicacies! Get your taste of Siu Mai (烧卖), Har Gow (虾饺) and Steamed Glutinous Rice with Chicken in Lotus Leaf (糯米珍珠鸡) at Islamic Centre Canteen in Hong Kong! ?

[inlinewidget id=31254]

11. Karjalanpiirakka from Finland

The ingredients of this iconic Finnish snack is not as complicated as the name sounds. Otherwise known as Karelian pies, this yummy savoury treat is basically a pie with a crust made from rye flour and a filling of potatoes, rice or carrots topped with delicious spread of egg butter. Perfect for breakfast or brunch right? ?

Credit : @sunghyesun on Instagram

12. Gelato from Italy

Gelato are specially made Italian-style ice creams with a very rich flavour and yes, lower in fat compared to the conventional ice-cream! It's made with a base of milk, cream and sugar and then flavoured with all natural flavoring such as fruits and nuts puree.

Credit: Stan on Flickr

Note: Some flavours do have liquor or alcohol in it, so do check with the vendor before ordering.

13. Ramen from Japan

A noodle soup dish and one of the most famous meals in Japan, ramen is the ultimate Japanese comfort food for both locals AND travellers ?

shinjuku gyoen ramen ouka

[inlinewidget id=31281]

Credit: Wenny Apriyanti on Facebook

14. Sushi from Japan

We're pretty sure this one don't need any introduction ? Your trip to Japan isn't complete without trying some sushi! Lucky for you, we know where to find the best sushi in Tokyo ?

15. Bakso from Indonesia

This Indonesia's version of meatball noodle is easily found in every corner of the country! The main thing about bakso is the delicious meatballs which is commonly made from beef ? Bakso comes with the broth and noodles, topped with scallion and even sambal for spicy lovers!

Credit: just_relish_it on Instagram

16. Poutine from Canada

A must try when you’re in Canada is poutine, a Canadian dish. It’s made with french fries and topped with cheese curds and a light brown gravy. There are many shops (such as Popeyes) which sell halal poutineNeed some convincing to visit Canada? ?


Credit: @j_yoon89 on Instagram

17. Stroopwaffles from Amsterdam

Credit: request_paris on Instagram

The classic stroopwaffles are sweet and chewy cookies made from butter and flour with a center of syrupy goodness made from brown sugar and cinnamon. If you're not a fan of the classic, they have chocolate-coated ones too!

Disclaimer: Do note that stroopwaffles are not halal-certified, so please consume at your own discretion.

P.S. Check out our first-timer's guide to Amsterdam for Muslim travellers! 

18. The Halal Guys from New York City

Credit: thehalaguys on Instagram

From a hot dog cart that started in New York to a world-renowned international restaurant chain, The Halal Guys are your go-to place (if you don't mind flying to New York for this ?) for the best chicken platter and gyro over rice.

P.S. Look out for their other branches in Jakarta and Seoul too!

19. Tom Yum from Thailand

Hot and sour Thai soup with seafood, anyone? Although tom yum is commonly served everywhere in the world, you can only get the authentic (and best!) one in... Thailand ?

Credit: @wanihtt on Instagram

[inlinewidget id=28885]

20. Churros from Spain

We'll end this with a sweet note - churros! What's so special about the churros in Spain? They're much bigger than those that are sold in other countries, and are always fried to perfection. In Spain, locals would order a hot cup of thick chocolate syrup with the churros to dip it in ?

Credit: justabtfood on Instagram

So, there you have it! You know what to do: start planning for that foodie trip of a lifetime ?