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!


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Like all other Korean eateries, they serve refillable banchan (side dishes), which we absolutely love 😛 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
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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!

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.

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


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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!


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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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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
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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 😛 Check out their full menu here. If you’re not in a rush, it is possible to dine in the guesthouse. 😊

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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 the 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
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5. 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 Sunday
Price: 
₩11,000 – ₩30,000
Address: 
Seoul, Gangnam-gu, Nonhyeon-ro, 95 gil, 15. 서울특별시 강남구 논현로95길 15
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P.S. If you’ve visited Yang Good before, tell us all about it right here!

6. 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!

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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!

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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

7. 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.


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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.

#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

*Since the restaurant is not halal certified, readers are advised to dine at their own discretion

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.

8. Kampungku Restaurant

You’ll totally love this when we tell you that there’s an eatery that serves halal pizzas right in the heart of Myeongdong! 😍 Prepared by Kampungku Cuisine, their new (and exciting!) menu lets you enjoy up to 5 flavours – Deluxe Cheese, Bulgogi Pizza, Potato Gold, Sweet Potato and we’re saving the best for last, Lobster Pizza! The best part – all of the ingredients are halal! 😍

Credit: Kampungku Malaysian Cuisine on Facebook

Operated by a humble Kelantanese-Malaysian, Mr. Farid Hakim was once a student from Sungkyukwan University in Suwon. The idea to open a restaurant came about 5 years ago when he said there weren’t many Muslims who were interested to visit South Korea. The low interest was mainly caused by the fact that there wasn’t any halal food and prayer spaces around. ☹️

Situated nearby the Myeongdong Station, this Malaysian-style eatery also serves some of Malaysia’s popular street food like murtabak, karipap, and roti canai! So if you’re feeling a little homesick, you can always drop by and eat in. But we definitely recommend that you go for the pizzas instead, like the Deluxe Cheese!

Sure, it may look like the normal cheese (which is nothing bad!), but what if we tell you that they use a special kind of cheese called imsil? 😏 Yes, we kid you not! Exclusively Korean, this is one pizza you shouldn’t miss out on when you visit this eatery! 😋

#HHWT Tip: Those who are not looking to eat in, they also offer takeaways (including pizzas!) so there’s really no need to worry if you don’t have much time. You can have the pizzas on the go! 😄

This eatery also has a designated prayer room! For the ladies, they also have telekung too. 😊 Isn’t that super convenient?

Address: Myeongdong Namsan-dong 2-ga Imsil Pizza & Chicken 2nd Level, Seoul, Korea

Contact Number: +82 2-310-9249

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11.00am – 10.00pm.

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BONUS: Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market 노량진수산시장 (Not halal-certified)

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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!

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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.


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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.

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!

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