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Halal Korean Food In Seoul: 11 Restaurants That’ll Satisfy Your Cravings

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Have Halal Will Travel  •  Dec 06, 2018

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[UPDATED 18 August 2019] 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! #HHWT Tip: Conquer Seoul with our Muslim-friendly 5D4N itinerary 😍
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?  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 their affiliated EID guesthouse (also known as FNSTAY Guesthouse on some booking websites) for Muslim-friendly accommodation in Seoul! Halal status: Halal-certified by Korea Muslim Federation. A mosque is available nearby for prayers. Average price: KRW8,000 - KRW12,000 (Mains) Opening hours: Tues-Sun; 11.30AM - 9PM (Closed Mondays) Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 04408 South Korea Contact: +82 70-8899-8210 How to get there: As you reach the main gate of the Seoul Central 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! Facebook | Instagram
2. Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant is another relatively new restaurant located in Itaewon which opened its 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!
Their Korean fried chicken (dakganjeong) is really yummy too! 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. Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: KRW10,000 Opening hours: 10.30AM - 10PM (Wed-Mon), closed on Tuesdays Address: 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140911 Contact: +82 2-6012-2231 Facebook | Instagram
3. 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 Average price: KRW1,500 - KRW5,000 Opening hours: 10AM - 8PM (Tues-Sun), closed on Mondays Address: 36 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 용산구 이태원1동 우사단로10길 36) How to get there: The stall is located right outside the Seoul Central Mosque Instagram
4. Busan Jib Restaurant
 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! P.S. Shopping in Myeongdong? Make sure you refer to our Myeongdong insider tips to help you get the best bargains!
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. Average price: KRW12,000 - KRW10,000 Opening hours: 10AM - 10.30PM (Mon-Fri), 10AM - 11PM (Sat-Sun) Address: 11-4 Myeongdong 8-gil, Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 중구 명동2가 명동8길 11-4) Facebook | Instagram
5. Murree
 Murree is actually one of the first restaurants to start serving halal Korean cuisine in Seoul - all the way back in 2008! Though it's also known as an Indian restaurant, the Korean menu here is actually pretty extensive. From the usual favourites like bulgogi and bibimbap to dakdoritang (spicy chicken stew), dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken), galbitang (short beef ribs soup), kimchi jjiggae and more, there’s something for everyone at Murree! 
The main highlight was definitely the cheese dakgalbi - the cheese was so stretchy and the chicken dakgalbi was super savoury! 😋As it’s hard to find halal dakgalbi in Seoul, make sure you grab the chance to try this! The dakgalbi is very spicy but luckily, the cheese balances out the flavours. As the portions are very big, we recommend sharing your dishes. Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: KRW15,000 (Mains) Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 10PM Address: 20, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul How to get there: From Itaewon Subway station Exit 3, walk up the hill towards the mosque Facebook | Instagram
6. 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. Alcoholic beverages are served in the establishment but no alcohol is used in the food or drinks prepared. Do dine at your own discretion. Average price: KRW11,000 - KRW30,000 Opening hours: 4PM - 11PM (Mon-Sat, January to November), 3PM - 11PM (Mon-Sat, December), closed on Sundays Address: 15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F, Seoul 06131 South Korea
7. 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!
Osegyehyang 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. Osegyehyang 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! 
Halal status: Vegetarian and vegan-friendly options only. No meat or alcohol are used in the dishes. We recommend you dine at your own discretion. Average price: KRW6,000 - KRW16,000 Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM - 3.30PM, 5PM - 9PM (Daily break between 3.30PM - 5PM) Address: 14-5, Insadong 12-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03146 South Korea How to get there: Go to exit 3 of Anguk station of Seoul Subway's Line 3. It's a 5-minute walk from the station.
8. 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)! Make sure to try their samgyetang (Korean ginseng chicken soup) and bugolgi (Korean barbeque) beef while you're there. 😋
 Samgyetang is considered helpful for restoring your health energy, making it the perfect pick-me-up to ensure you'll be ready for the rest of your trip 😉 As Halal Kitchen only serves samgyetang and bulgogi now, we recommend that you arrive early to ensure that your desired dish doesn't get sold out first. Getting to taste authentic Korean dishes will definitely be worth the trip down! P.S. If you're in Seoul, don't miss out on the opportunity to snap the best images for the 'gram at these places! Halal status: Muslim-owned. Prayer facilities available in the establishment but do bring your own prayer mat and prayer garments. Average price: KRW12,000 - KRW17,000 Opening hours: 12PM - 3PM, 5PM - 8PM (Wed-Mon, daily break between 3PM - 5PM), closed on Tuesdays How to get there: Gyeongbokgung Palace is your landmark. Find Samcheong police office and an e-mart convenience store. After 100m, you’ll see ‘Boy London’ fashion store. Take a right turn and you’ll see the ‘Halal Kitchen’ sign. Facebook | Instagram
9. Kampungku Restaurant
Located in the heart of Myeongdong, Kampungku serves authentic Korean and Malaysian food. The menu options are mouthwatering and include some of the best both countries have to offer 😍
 From local dishes like Bulgogi, Sweet Crispy Chicken, Korean Fried Chicken, and Kimchi Fried Rice to Asian favourites like nasi lemak, fried rice, tom yam and chicken satay – they definitely have something for everyone! Not to mention that they also have a mart where you can get halal-certified meat and Korean products like seaweed, honey tea, red ginseng and more ☺️ If you're looking for more places to shop for halal groceries, our round-up of halal food marts in Korea will help you out! #HHWT Tip: Those who are not looking to eat in, they also offer takeaways so there’s really no need to worry if you don’t have much time 😄
This eatery also has a designated prayer room! For the ladies, they also have telekung too. 😊 Isn’t that super convenient? Halal status: Muslim-owned. Prayer facilities available in the establishment, including prayer garments. Average price: KRW6,500 - KRW10,000 Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 10PM Address: 25, Toegye-ro 20-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul 04629 South Korea Facebook | Instagram
10. Hajj Korean Halal Food

Located along the same street as Eid and Makan Halal, Hajj is another restaurant in Itaewon where you can get your halal Korean food fix! Stepping into this eatery will make you feel right at home and the dishes are very hearty too.

 The dishes here are prepared by Korean Muslim revert, Mdm Mariam, so you know the food is authentically Korean! One of the highly recommended dishes is the braised spicy chicken and spicy chicken stew. Don't miss out on other authentic dishes too like their Beef Bulgogi, Seafood Pancake, tofu stew and more. 

Mdm Mariam cooks by herself and you might have to wait a little longer for your food. But many travellers who've been here have mentioned how generous she is with the portions. She's also very warm and candid in sharing her experiences as a Muslim in Korea, so make sure you have a chat with her 😊

Halal status: Muslim-owned Average price: KRW10,000 - KRW15,000 Opening hours: Open daily; 10AM - 12AM Address: 39 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon, Seoul 04405 South Korea (Next to the mosque) Facebook | Instagram

11. 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.
 We had the dinner set menu which included a selection of dishes like japchae, pancake, shiitake mushrooms, side dishes, lotus leaf rice and more. One of the main highlights of our meal was 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. Average price: KRW15,000 - KRW50,000 Opening hours: 11.30AM - 10PM (Mon-Sat), 12PM - 9PM (Sun) Address: 19, Jahamun-ro 5-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03041 South Korea Website | Facebook
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. 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!). Opening hours: General Fish Market: 1.30am – 10pm Address: 674, Nodeul-ro, Dongjak-gu Metro #1 Noryangjin Station, Seoul 06900 South Korea Directions: Noryangjin (Line 1) - Exit 1. Follow the signs pointing you towards the market.
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! If you're having any trouble pronouncing the sentence, you can use Google Translate's read-aloud feature to help you out!
  • 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 Seoul, please share it with us by leaving a comment! 🤗 And do share our guide with your friends and family if you find it useful!