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The Ultimate Guide To Halal Food In Seoul

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Qistina Bumidin •  Oct 17, 2022

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Heading to South Korea soon, but you're not sure what halal food is there to try? Well, you're at the right place! We rounded up a list of halal food in Seoul, be it authentic Korean food or a variety of Western, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines! 😋 Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://bit.ly/3LnFN1F

Halal Korean Food

1. Eid Restaurant

A fan-favourite of all who frequent Korea, this halal Korean restaurant is still open! Specialising in authentic Korean cuisine, its delicious dishes are incredibly memorable. Try their Beef Bulgogi, one of the most ordered dishes at Eid Restaurant. Made with Halal Beef from Australia, Eid ensures that their Bulgogi is homemade with no pre-packaged sauces or MSG added 🤩 Like all other Korean eateries, they also serve refillable banchan (side dishes), which we absolutely love 😍 You can find this delightful halal Korean restaurant in Seoul along Itaewon's Islam Street. Halal Status:Halal-certified by Korea Muslim Federation. A mosque is available nearby for prayers. Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04408 South Korea Opening hours: 11.30am- 9pm daily (closed on Mondays) Facebook | Instagram

2. Osegyehyang

This restaurant has everything you need to enjoy halal Korean food in Seoul worry-free. From mock meats to vegetarian options, this restaurant will leave you full and satisfied. Plus, the seating arrangements give you an authentic Korean dining in experience.
From taking off your shoes to sitting on the floor on a cushion, eating here was absolutely delightful. Especially with the super delicious food! Find this restaurant at the Insa-dong shopping area, it's the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of shopping. Halal Status: Korea Muslim-Friendly Certified. Alcohol may be served on the premises, so do dine with discretion. Address: 14-5 Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Turn off Insadong Road into Insadong 12-gil (lane), walk to the end, and you’ll see the restaurant.) Opening hours: Mon,Wed, Fri (11.30am-9pm); Tues (11.30am-3.30pm, 5pm-9pm); Sat,Sun (11.30am-4pm, 5pm-9pm);closed on Thursdays Website

3. Busan Jib

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!
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! Halal status: Uses only halal-certified meat and ingredients. Alcoholic beverages are sold separately in the establishment but is not used in food or drink preparation. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 11am-10pm daily Instagram

4. Manis Kitchen

If you're looking for an affordable snack on-the-go, head over to Manis Kitchen located outside Seoul Central Mosque! It can be difficult to find Muslim-friendly versions of popular street snacks such as tteokbokki, odeng (Korean fishcake) or kimbap but this Muslim-owned stall has them all ready for you!
Dig into piping-hot tteokbokki covered with sweet and spicy sauce, or if you're looking for something a little more filling you can also order some kimchi or shrimp fried rice! 😋
Check out the story of Manis Kitchen's founder here - she's a Korean-Muslim revert who found Islam after working at the mosque! Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 36 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea (opposite Seoul Central Mosque) Opening hours: 11am - till sold out (daily) Instagram

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! Halal status: Only halal-certified meat and ingredients are used. Do note that alcoholic beverages are served in the establishment but no alcohol is used in the food or drinks prepared. Do dine at your own discretion. Address: 15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F, Seoul 06131 South Korea Opening hours: Mon-Fri (4pm-11pm); Sat (4pm-9pm); closed on Sundays Instagram

6. Maji

Similar to Osegyehyang, Maji is a restaurant that specializes in vegan Korean-style temple food. Located in a traditional house in the Seochon district near Gyeongbokgung, dining here feels like a step back into an older version of the city! What sets Maji apart is that everything is prepared using organic ingredients, with minimal or no oil. They also don’t use any garlic or onion in their cooking.
Choose their dinner set menu which includes a selection of dishes like japchae, pancake, shiitake mushrooms, side dishes, lotus leaf rice and more. One of the main highlights of the meal is the gujeolpan (the colourful dish in the middle) - this dish was once only enjoyed by the nobility and there are 9 ingredients such as carrot, baby pumpkin, radish, mushroom, beetroot, paprika and more. P.S. It may seem like a simple dish but it actually takes 4 hours to make so you’d have to reserve in advance (by calling or through Facebook) if you want to try this. Halal status: Only vegan ingredients used, and no alcohol is used in food preparation. Do note that they do sell separate alcoholic beverages. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Address: 19, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03041 South Korea Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sat (11.30am–3.30pm, 5–9pm); Sun (12pm-4pm); closed on Thursdays Facebook

7. Jipbab Kimseonseang

If you've ordered pre-packed halal dosirak (a packed meal which consists of rice, meat and side dishes) made by the halal-certified Starcatering (you can check out their website here!) for your travels around various parts of Korea, you'll be glad to know that they've opened a new physical stall in Itaewon, under the name, Jipbab Kimseonseang! You can know have their halal dosirak here too! Take your pick from a range of lunch boxes like beef bulgogi, dakgalbi (chicken ribs), jjukkumi (grilled baby octopus) and more! Not to mention that each box comes with kimchi, omelette, vegetables, salad and anchovies 😋 They also have other equally scrumptious dishes on their menu such as double-fried chicken with their house-made soy-garlic sauce, kimchi jjigae, pajeon (Korean pancake) and more! 🤤 Halal status: Korea Halal-certified Address: 04345  28, Noksapyeong-daero 46-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea Opening hours: 11am-7pm daily; closed on weekends (subject to changes) InstagramP.S. We've seen multiple TikTok videos mentioning that the store may change their opening hours from time to time. We recommend dropping them a message on IG to check beforehand and make a reservation before your visit!

8. Namisum Kkokko Chuncheon Dakgalbi

While Nami Island is not in Seoul, many travellers visiting the city will also most likely be making a trip to this famous spot. 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 😊 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! Note: 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. However, the restaurant is not halal certified. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Address: 1045 Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Take the Gyeongchun line and get off at Gapyeong station. Take bus no. 33-5 or the Gapyeong city bus Opening hours: Mon-Fri (9am to 9pm); Sat-Sun (9am to 10pm)

9. Yell-O! Chicken

Craving for Korean chicken? Now you can munch your way through them at Yell-O! Chicken, South Korea's first ever FULLY halal chicken stall! Located in Itaewon, this place is bound to satisfy your Korean chicken cravings with a variety of flavours: honey butter, sweet & spicy and more! They even offer half-and-half menu, if you and your travel buddies want to try multiple flavours! They also have other dishes on their menu such as their juicy burgers and uber-cheesy cheese balls 😍 Halal status: Korea Halal-certified Address: 14 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea Opening hours: 12pm-9.30pm daily Instagram

10. Maru Jayeonsik Kimbap

Here's another vegan stall located in Insadong for you to check out! Serving up classic Korean street food snacks like tteokbokki, fried mandu, tofu kimbab and mains such as cold buckwheat noodles, it's truly comforting! 🥰 Halal status: No meats are served here as it is a fully vegan stall. It's not halal-certified though, so do dine with discretion. Address: 35-4 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul. 5 minute walk from Anguk Station (안국역) exit 6 Opening hours: Tues-Sun (10.30am-10pm); closed on Mondays Instagram

11. Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Alley

If you’re looking for a hearty meal, head on down to the Dongdaemun Grilled Fish Alley! For just 7,000₩, you’ll get a complete meal consisting on a huge piece of your choice of fish and unlimited banchan (반찬) or side dishes. Oh, you’ll get free flow of ice cold water too! There are a lot of grilled fish restaurant in the whole alley; just choose one. Halal status: While it's not halal-certified, only seafood options are served here. Do note that alcohol may be served on the premises, so dine with discretion. Address: Jong-ro 40ga-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea. Exit from Exit 8 of Dongdaemun Station. Turn right and you’ll see JW Marriot Hotel right away. Just walk straight along the Cheonggyecheon Stream until you reach a bridge. From there, turn right into the lane and turn left at the first alley. You’ll see the whole alley lined with grilled fish. Opening hours: 9am-6pm daily

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

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! 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.
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. The restaurants are not halal-certified, so request for your food to be simply cooked without any alcohol or broth added. Our recommendations:
  • Maeuntang매운탕 (Spicy fish soup, pronounced "may-oon-tang") – Order this at the restaurant!
  • Jeonbok 전복 (Abalone, pronounced "john-bock") – The best way to enjoy your abalone is to have it steamed!
  • Hoe 회 (Sashimi, pronounced "hway") - Yellowtail and flounder are some of the varieties you can find!
  • Garibi 가리비(Grilled scallop, pronounced "gah-ree-bee")
  • Ge 게(Crab, pronounced "geh") - Steamed crab will refuel you for a day ahead!
Halal status: Many restaurants serve purely seafood but do ask the owners if they add any meat or alcohol in their cooking and dine at your own discretion Address: 674, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu Metro #1 Noryangjin Station, Seoul 06900 South Korea Opening hours: General Fish Market (1.30am – 10pm daily)

Halal Indian Food

12. Little India

A popular tourist spot in Insa-dong, this restaurant is located on the second floor of a shophouse in Insa-dong. With a fantastic atmosphere, a view of Insa-dong and delicious food, anyone would love this place.
Tasting like home cooked North Indian food, try their lamb curry for a mouthful of spice-filled flavours. Better yet, accompany this with a potful of tea to warm yourself up in cold weather! Halal status: Halal-Certified Address: 27-1, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Opening hours: 11.30am-9.30pm daily

13. Ganges (Hanyang University Branch)

If you find yourself in the Wangsimni area of Seoul, there’s one halal restaurant you have to visit - Ganges! Located in the Hanyang University compound, here’s where you should go for authentic Indian food 😍 Tuck into flavourful dishes like palak paneer (Indian cottage cheese in spinach curry), tandoori chicken and various curries. Pair them with soft and fluffy butter naan or biryani, and you’ll have a meal to remember. Get their samosa as a side dish to complete your meal too. The dishes here are cooked by a local Indian Chef so you know this is as authentic as it gets! 😋 Halal status: Halal menu available. The restaurant is pork-free but serves non-halal food and alcohol. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Address: 3F, 6, Sageundong-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 11am-10pm daily

14. India Night Market

Indian Night Market (Indo Ya Sijang) is a cozy hideout in the heart of the bustling Gangnam district! Enter the restaurant and you’ll be greeted with a comfortable interior with dim lights. There’s even a homely area where you can sit on the floor! The food options here range from flavourful Indian curries to BBQ meat options. Sink your teeth in their chicken tikka masala, chicken makhani and Pakistani tandoori chicken. The rich flavours of these dishes will go well with soft naan and white rice. Looking to spice up your meal? Go for the barbecued dishes instead! The mixed BBQ consists of lamb, chicken and prawns which are seasoned to perfection. If that’s not enough for you, their flavourful lamb chops will seal the deal 😋 Halal status: Halal menu available. The restaurant is pork-free but serves non-halal food and alcohol. We recommend that you dine at your discretion. Address: 1F, 11-4, Gangnam-daero 96-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm Instagram

15. Yeti

Hanging out in the hip Hongdae and Sinchon areas and you’re looking for a place to fuel up? Yeti’s got you covered! Located near Hongik and Ewha Womans University, once you step into the restaurant, the aesthetic interior will immediately transport you to India! To get the most out of your experience here, we recommend getting their lunch or dinner sets. With salad, full tandoori chicken/prawns, naan, chawal (rice) and their specialty Yeti curry (choice of chicken, lamb or seafood), you’ll be thoroughly satisfied with this meal! Not to mention that each set might also come with samosa as well as special lassi or warm milk tea 😍 If you don’t fancy the sets, some of their top favourite dishes include chicken tikka, chicken butter masala, palak paneer and prawn chilli. Get ready for a tantalising burst of flavours in your mouth! Halal status: Halal menu available, prayer room available. Do note that alcoholic beverages are served in the establishment, we recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Address: 2F, Wausan-ro 18-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul Opening hours: 11am-2am daily Contact: +82 2 517 0119 Website | FacebookInstagram

16. Gurkha Indian Restaurant

Head over to Gurkha restaurant for some quality Indian food. This eatery specialises in naan and assorted dishes like butter chicken, palak paneer and more! 😋 Halal status: Halal ingredients used, alcohol served in establishment. Prayer space is available here. Address: South Korea, Seoul, 증구 Myeongdong 10-gil, 16-1 KR 서울특별시 중구 Subway Line 4 5층 Opening hours: 11am-10pm daily Contact: +82 2-775-8860 Facebook | InstagramP.S. There's multiple halal Indian restaurants in Seoul, and if you're looking for one near your location, you can check out Korea Tourism Organization's list of halal-certified and Muslim-friendly Indian restaurants here

Halal Mediterranean Food

17. Petra

The warmest and most helpful service imaginable can be found at Petra! Run by a Palestinian man living in Korea, this restaurant also has incredibly delicious food. The Briyani and Mandhi Rice served by Petra is filled with unforgettable Mediterranean spices and flavours. Complete your meal with a plate of Cous Cous and Lamb Chops Kebab and you have yourself a feast! 😊 Located near Itaewon, this place is prefect for a mid-shopping meal or an end of day feast! Just hop onto the subway and drop off at Noksapyeong to enjoy mouth-watering dishes with Petra.
Halal status: Muslim-owned Address: 33 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea Opening hours: 11am-10pm daily

18. Cous Cous Tunisian Home Kitchen

This Mediterranean home kitchen is run by a Korean women who lived in Tunisia for three years! After recognising how difficult it can be for Muslims in Korea to find halal food, she opened up a restaurant to help the Muslim community find good food. With experience and heart, Cous Cous has delicious halal, home-cooked dishes for any Muslim to enjoy.
Although the restaurant sells alcohol, their menu has stickers to show you which dish is served with halal meat. The owner is helpful as well, she tells you which dish has halal meat in stock for the day! Halal status: Korea Halal-certified Address: 16-2, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03040 South Korea Opening hours: 11am-11.30pm daily Instagram

19. The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys started out as a humble food cart in the streets of New York City selling chicken and gyro served with rice, and that magical 'white' sauce 🤤 While the cart originally catered to Muslim cab drivers looking for a quick meal, word spread about the delicious food, and over the years, it has become an iconic NYC food truck! Plus they have also opened multiple chains in the US and worldwide, Seoul included! It's conveniently located in 4 areas in Seoul - Itaewon, Gangnam, Hongdae and Bupyeong! The Itaewon outlet in particular, opens till 4am on Fridays and Saturdays for those late night snacking! Halal status: Halal-certified Address & opening hours: Itaewon 187 Itaewon-ro 2nd Floor Seoul, Yongsan-gu 04350 South Korea (Itaewon Station, Line 6, Exit 2) Mon-Thurs, Sun (11am-10pm),Fri-Sat (11am-4am) Gangnam 8 Gangnam-daero 69-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea Mon-Sun (11am-9pm) Hongdae 159-5 Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea Mon-Sun (11am-11.30pm) Bupyeong 37 Bupyeongmunhwa-ro 80beon-gil, Bupyeong 5(o)-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea Mon-Sun (11am-10pm) InstagramP.S. There's multiple halal Mediterranean restaurants in Seoul, and if you're looking for one near your location, you can check out Korea Tourism Organization's list of halal-certified and Muslim-friendly Mediterranean restaurants here

Halal Western Food

20. Yummy Yomil

Looking for a cafe-hopping spot? This vegan bakery serves a variety of brownies, pastries, cakes and more! Don’t miss out on the cream buns as they are super delicious 🤤 Halal status: Vegan ingredients, no alcohol or meat is served in the establishment. As Yummy Yomil is not halal-certified, we recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Address: 1F, 6-5, Yanghwa-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul Opening hours: Mon-Fri (10am-6pm); closed on Saturdays and Sundays Website | Instagram

21. Soiroum

Just a short walk away from Daeo Bookstore, the oldest secondhand bookstore in Seoul featured in multiple K-dramas and K-music videos, is Soiroum, a vegan cafe. The cosy ambience of the cafe almost instantly pulls you in and not to mention that the dishes here look really great for the 'gram too. Some of the must-try dishes here are the "hamburger" steak, the burger with cheese and the curry. Halal status: Fully vegan menu, do dine at your own discretion Address: 58-1 Nuha-dong, Nuha-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea Opening hours: Tues-Sat (11.30am-8pm daily); Sun (11.30am-7pm); closed on Mondays Contact No: +82 2-586-8088 Directions: From Daeo Bookstore, turn right into Jahamun-ro 9-gil then turn right into Pirundae-ro. Soiroum is along the main road.

22. Pizza & Burgers

Credit: PB+ via Google Review Stylised as PB+, this retro diner is known for their handmade beef patties, and large portions at really affordable prices! Get your fix of Beef Burgers, cheesy pizzas and other sides right here! Haal status: Only halal ingredients are used. Alcohol may be served in the premises, do dine with discretion. Address: 18-27 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea Opening hours: 12pm-11.45pm daily

Halal Malay/Indonesian Food

23. Agak-Agak

Heading to Seoul soon and looking for a place to satisfy your cravings for Malaysian food? Head over to Agak Agak which is located in the Yeonnam-dong district near Hongdae! Labelling itself as a "slightly atas (sophisticated) warung/mamak/kopitiam," the restaurant hopes to introduce the authentic flavours of Malaysian food to Koreans. Some of their recommended items are classic Malaysian dishes like nasi lemak, Nyonya laksa and satay daging (beef satay) which uses Australian wagyu beef! In fact, their nasi lemak has gotten great reviews from Malaysians travellers so you know you're in for a treat 😋 Their ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken) is fried to a perfect crisp, with traditional Malaysian herbs and spices that'll remind you of home. Read more about Agak-Agak here!Halal status: Halal ingredients used. Alcoholic beverages are served so we recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Address: 1st Floor, 57 Donggyo-ro 25-gil, Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (5-10 minutes' walk from Hongik University station exit 1) Opening hours: Tues-Sat (11.30am-1opm); Sun (11.30am-6.30pm); closed on Mondays Instagram

24. Siti Sarah Korean Melayu & Egyptian Halal

If you're looking for delicious Indonesian food, here's the place to go! Serving up all your classic comfort dishes suchas beef rendang, bakso, nasi goreng to Egyptian fare such as lamb mandhi and more, it's bound to keep your bellies satisfied! Halal status: Halal ingredients used. Alcoholic beverages may be served so we recommend that you dine at your own discretion. Address: Seoul-si Youngsan-gu Itaewon-dong 137-48 Opening hours: Mon-Thurs (10am-12am); Fri-Sun (10am-2am) Website If we missed any, let us know and we will add it in! Check out these itineraries and other guides to help you plan your next trip to Seoul!