Hokkaido has always been known for their specialty ramen, fresh seafood, dairy products and breathtaking natural beauty. So put down those cup noodles that you were going to pack for your trip and keep that kebab in your hand for later! We’re soooo ecstatic that Hokkaido has started jumping on the halal food bandwagon too like Tokyo, with authentic Japanese food that has been specially catered for Muslims at these 3 restaurants!
Yep, that’s pretty much how excited we are right now!! 🎉
1. Eat with the locals at Houryu Ramen
Fun fact! Sapporo is known for their miso-based ramen broths! That’s why we can’t believe that this ramen establishment which has been around for 58 years now serves Muslim-friendly meals!
Houryu (We’re wondering if this is a word play on “How are you?” – sounds the same if you say it fast enough don’t you think?) has only three types of miso-based ramen on their menu that are halal, and from what we’ve gathered, they’re really yummy! Warm soupy deliciousness that’s perfect for the cold winter months in Hokkaido. This restaurant is popular with the locals too, so you definitely know that you’re in for a treat!
The Genghis Khan Ramen should definitely be on your must try list! It’s Houryu Ramen’s take on one of Hokkaido’s specialities, the Genghis Khan (not to be confused with the historical figure!) – a grilled lamb based dish that’s usually eaten with lots of vegetables and a special dipping sauce.
#HHWT Tip: It’s important to note that not everything in the restaurant is halal. Based on our research, they use separate marked cooking utensils to prepare the halal meals, and they even use gloves while making them. Make sure you ask for the halal menu!
Opening Hours: 6:30pm – 3:00am (Mondays), 10:30am – 3:00am (Tuesday to Saturday), 10:30am – 2:00am (Sundays and Public Holidays)
Address: Chuo-ku Minami 6jo Nichi 3chome Susukino Hontsu
Contact Number: +81 (0) 115-11-0403
Directions: 3 minutes walk from Nakajima Koen Subway Station or 5 minutes from Susukino Subway Station
2. Satisfy your meat (and sushi!) cravings at Halal Yakiniku Kou Halal Yakiniku Kou has closed down.
3. Shabu-shabu away at Sekkatei!
Shabu-shabu anybody? (It’s kinda like the Japanese version of steamboat). If you’re willing to splurge while you’re there (might as well!), check out Sekkatei located in Rusutsu Resort Hotel. They currently have two set menus catering to Muslims that are certified halal.
Here’s the current 2015-2016 winter menu (Menus might change seasonally).
We’re salivating at the spread they’ve prepared 😋 Kinda reminds us of that superb Kaiseki we had in Kyoto 😍. They’ve taken great care to ensure that these meals are prepared using specially marked dishes, cutleries, cooking ware, refrigerators and etc.
#HHWT Tip: Do remember to make a reservation for these meals at least 2 days in advance! Rusutsu Resort has their very own Muslim Food & Travel Advisor! How cool is that?
Also, Rusutsu Resort is one of the largest ski resorts in Hokkaido and trust us, the powder snow there is worth braving the cold for! Ski season is just around the corner so you’ll want to make that reservation EARLY!
Opening Hours: 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Opening hours change depending on the season, so do check ahead! Lunch can be served upon request)
Address: Rusutsu Resort Hotel North Wing 3F 13, Izumikawa, Rusutsu, Abuta, Hokkaido
Contact number: +81 (0) 136-46-3111
Directions: The resort is located roughly 90 minutes away from Chitose Airport by bus.
Sink your teeth into sweet treats at Stella Maris! Using the best of Hokkaido’s dairy produce, they don’t use any artificial additives, preservatives or flavourings of any kind, so you know that you’re definitely going to get something freshly made 😄 The store sells some cakes and sweets which do not contain any alcohol or meat based products, but always remember to double check just in case!
This prize-winning Sapporo black bean tart uses local black beans from Hokkaido! Doesn’t it look like the perfect blend of East and West wrapped up in a decadent dessert?
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Address: Sapporo-shi Minami-ku Sumikawa 4-jou 3-choume Chateau Sumikawa 1F
Contact Number: +81 (0) 118-17-0777
Directions: Stella Maris is a 6 minutes walk from the Sumikawa Subway Station on the Namboku Line
Here’s a handy map for you to check out the places listed above:
Aren’t you amazed at how much care the Japanese have taken to ensure that the needs of Muslim travelers are catered for? We’d hug them if we could! ❤
* Information is accurate at the time of posting. As always, we advise all readers to double check before visiting and to visit at their own discretion.