[UPDATED 20 June 2019]
Also known as the Hawaii of South Korea, Jeju Island is a must-visit destination in South Korea if you are looking for picturesque natural landscape. The island is home to a number of UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites such as Manjanggul Cave and Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak. But wait…..where can you get Muslim-friendly food on the island?
Fret not! Here’s a guide to Muslim-friendly restaurants in Jeju 🤗
#HHWT Tip: Plan your trip to Jeju with our 5D4N Muslim-friendly Jeju itinerary!
1. Daewonga (대원가)
If you’re in Jeju, the one thing that you absolutely need to eat is their specialty, seafood! And Daewonga serves mouth-watering seafood stews which you can share with your whole travel gang. One thing you shouldn’t miss at Daewonga is their haemul cheongbol or seafood steamboat (KRW60,000) which has abalone, mussels, crab and squid all in one pot with kimchi broth.
#HHWT Tip: Once the soup is mixed with all the seafood, add a packet of ramen in to soak up its flavour.
The soup isn’t too spicy and once the taste of all the seafood sinks, the broth is so yummy 😋 Although the price of the seafood steamboat is quite steep, each pot serves around 3-4 people, so you can definitely split the cost! If you’d like something more affordable, get their small abalone hotpot and other seafood soups which are priced at KRW13,000. They also serve Grilled Mackerel Fish which costs around KRW15,000.
Fun fact: Did you know that the seafood at Daewonga is freshly caught by Jeju’s famous haenyeo divers? So that definitely makes your meal there more special.
#HHWT Tip: Daewonga is in the list of Muslim-friendly eateries in Jeju, endorsed by the Jeju Tourism Organization. So, you can even request to do your prayers here!
Halal Status: Only seafood dishes sold, no alcohol/meat is used in the preparation of food. Alcohol is served in establishment, so do dine at your own discretion.
Address: 15, Donam-ro 16-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 도남로16길 15 재영)
Opening hours: 9am – 9.30pm, closed on Tuesdays
Contact No: +82-64-753-3030
P.S. Not sure where to stay in Jeju? We’ve rounded up 11 accommodations in Jeju for every budget!
2. Jeju Onuii (오누이회국수전복돌솥밥)
Jeju Onuii is known for its Abalone Hotpot Rice. Abalone is cooked in a different way here – it’s sliced and then cooked in a hot stone pot with pumpkin and gingko. The best way to eat it is to mix all the ingredients together so you can taste everything in a single bite.
Each set of the abalone rice costs KRW15,000 and comes with mackerel and side dishes. Pretty affordable if you ask us! Once you’re done with the dish, what the Koreans like to do is to add hot water to the leftover rice and drink it as soup.
While Jeju Onuii is not on the official list of Muslim-friendly restaurants in Jeju, the eatery only sells seafood and does not use any alcohol or meat in its cooking. Note: We recommend dining at your own discretion.
Status: Only seafood dishes available, no alcohol/meat is used in the preparation of food. Alcohol is served in establishment, so do dine at your own discretion.
3. Cheonhaecheon (천해천)
Halal shabu-shabu in Korea? We kid you not! Cheonhaecheon serves all-you-can-eat buffet with halal meat certified by the Jeju Islamic Cultural Center. It costs KRW34,000 per person. Not only do they have different cuts of beef, but you can also indulge in their wide selection of seafood such as abalone, crayfish, prawns and crabs.
Each table is given 2 soup bases, the original and kimchi broth. We recommend dipping your beef slices in the kimchi broth for a kick of flavours! The beef was so succulent and it soaked up all the taste of the kimchi broth 🤤 Don’t forget to add in some ramen after the flavours have kicked in to enjoy the tasty soup.
Cheonhaecheon also has a cooked food section and they have Korean fried chicken, tteokbokki and even takoyaki among other food items. For the variety of spread that they have, it’s definitely worth your money 😊
Halal Status: Halal meat and ingredients used, alcohol is served in establishment so do dine at your own discretion. Prayer facilities in establishment.
4. Choonsim’s House (춘심이네)
Chunsimine is a Muslim-friendly restaurant specialising in Korean seafood dishes. The eatery is well-known for THIS hairtail fish. Can you believe it costs 78,000KRW?!😱
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Have a taste of this exquisite fish and you’ll know why it’s so expensive. We’ll admit, we just couldn’t get enough of it! Its fresh taste is unlike anything we’ve tasted back home. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But if you’re on a tight budget, get the grilled mackerel instead! Chunsimine’s spread of side dishes are amazing too, so feel free to ask for seconds!
Halal status: Only the seafood dishes at Chunsimine are Muslim-friendly. Although they don’t serve pork, the other meat at the eatery is not halal-certified. Alcohol is also served in establishment so, do dine at your own discretion. You can also request to do your prayers here.
Address: 16, Changcheonjungang-ro 24beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 안덕면 창천중앙로24번길 16 2층)
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm daily
Contact No: +82 64-794-4010
5. Uribong Sikdang (우리봉 식당)
Uribong Sikdang is located near the top tourist spot in Jeju – Seongsan Ilchulbong (Seongsan Sunrise Peak). This Muslim-friendly is known for its abalone seafood hotpot and grilled mackerel. Perfect after a whole morning of hiking!
At just KRW15,000, you’ll get generous portions of abalone, crab, mussels and tofu. The seafood broth is flavourful yet light on the palate and sipping it is very comforting, especially on a hot summer’s day. If you’ve got a bit more to spend, we highly recommend getting their premium Salt-Grilled Hairtail Fish (KRW28,000). We particularly loved that it had no fishy aftertaste and its soft texture.
#HHWT Tip: The best part about dining in a Korean restaurant is the abundance of side dishes, which are included in the total price of your food. So, feel free to ask for a second serving ☺️
There’s a dedicated prayer room for Muslim travellers here too! And it’s complete with prayer mats, qibla direction and the Quran. Do bring your own prayer garments though.
Do note that while the menu inside the restaurant at Uribong Sikdang is in Korean, you can refer to an English translation outside.
Halal status: Only seafood dishes sold, no alcohol/meat is used in preparation of dishes. Alcohol is served in establishment, so do dine at your own discretion. Prayer facilities in establishment.
Address: 273, Ilchul-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 일출로 27)
Opening hours: 8.30am – 9pm daily
Contact No: +82 64-782-0032
6. Bada Punggyeong (바다풍경)
Sipping on fresh seafood stews while admiring the stunning view of the sea? Count us in! Bada Punggyeong specialises in a variety of fish stews and grilled fish. If there’s one thing you can’t miss here, it’s their Braised Mackerel Stew (from KRW29,000 ).
Served over a hot stove, you can taste the freshness of the mackerel, coupled with a tinge of spices from the red pepper stew. As the sauce dries up, the mackerel will soak up all the flavours. Somehow, the stew isn’t that spicy so it’s enjoyable to just keep savouring it.
But if stews aren’t your thing, get their Grilled Mackerel (KRW14,000) instead! The fish skin is grilled to a perfect crisp but the fish is still fresh and tasty 🤗
#HHWT Tip: If you need to do your prayers, inform the staff and they’ll bring you up to the third floor where you’ll be praying in a room with a lovely view of the sea.
Halal status: Only seafood dishes sold, no alcohol/meat used in the preparation of dishes. Alcohol is served in establishment, so do dine at your own discretion. Prayer room in establishment.
Address: 654, Seohaean-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea (Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 서해안로 654)
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm daily
Contact No: +82 64-711-7992
7. Tammora (Ramada Plaza Jeju)
The Ramada Plaza Hotel in Jeju is home to Tammora, a Muslim-friendly restaurant. What’s great is that they have separate halal menus for Muslim travellers.
As most Muslim-friendly restaurants in Jeju serve only seafood, here’s where you can get your fix of halal bulgogi 🤤
Trust us, every bite into their beef bulgogi will be a treat. Served on a hotplate, it was juicy and the marinade had the right balance. It was unlike anything we’ve eaten back home! Their set meal prices range from KRW29,500 to KRW55,ooo.
#HHWT Tip: As the restaurant prepares their halal and non-halal meals separately, remember to call them to reserve your halal meals at least 3 days in advance so that they can get the halal meat ready in time.
Halal status: Halal menu available, Alcohol is served in establishment so do dine at your own discretion. You can request to do your prayers here.
Address: 66, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Opening hours: 6.30am-10am (Breakfast), 12pm-2.30pm (Lunch), 6pm-10pm (Dinner)
Reservations: Call +82-64-729-8380
8. Bada Janchi (바다잔치)
Similar to most Muslim-friendly eateries on this list, Bada Janchi is another option to get your seafood fix!
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One dish you have to try here is their specialty galchi jorim or braised cutlassfish (KRW38,000). If you’re on a tighter budget, they also serve grilled mackerel (KRW20,000) and mackerel stew (KRW25,000) which will remind you of “asam pedas” back home 😂
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Those of you who love eating raw fish can try their their assorted sashimi (KRW60,000). Not to mention that they serve excellent side dishes too which you can ask for more. The owners are also known to be very friendly, so do have a chat with them!
Halal status: Only seafood dishes sold, no alcohol/meat used in preparation of dishes. Alcohol is served in establishment, so do dine at your own discretion. Prayers facilities in establishment.
Address: 79, Tapdong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 탑동로 79)
Opening hours: 8am – 9.30pm daily
Contact No: +82-64-702-8989
BONUS: Bagdad Restaurant
Who knew you could find scrumptious northern Indian cuisine in Jeju?! And better still, it serves halal food! If you’re missing a taste of home just a little bit, head over to Bagdad Cafe and Restaurant Jeju for some finger-licking Indian food.
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We highly recommend getting the Tandoori Chicken and Butter Chicken to eat with your naan bread. We just couldn’t get enough of the butter chicken and even ordered a second serving 😋
Credit: Bagdad Cafe & Restaurant Jeju on Facebook
#HHWT Tip: After you’re done with that delicious Indian meal, order a mango lassi for a refreshing finish!
Halal status: Halal ingredients used. Alcohol is served in establishment, so dine at your own discretion!
Address: 38, Seogwang-ro 32-gil, Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 서광로32길 38)
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm, closed on Mondays
Contact No: +82 64-757-8182
There you go! We’ve got you covered with Muslim-friendly restaurants in Jeju, so you’re all set for your trip to Jeju! If you’re heading to Seoul as well, make sure you check out our 5D4N Muslim-friendly Seoul-Jeju itinerary too.
P.S. If you’d like to find more Muslim-friendly eateries in Jeju, the island’s tourism organisation has prepared a list of Muslim-friendly restaurants on their website to help you with your travels. You can refer to them here.