Best halal restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

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HCM’s Fantastic Halal-Certified Restaurants For All

Vibrant Ho Chi Minh city can offer any foodie a savory meal no matter what their preference. So, even if you only want to find halal restaurants, just read this article. 

If you are a Muslim, this article is about to tell you the exact restaurants that you can come for tasty food for Muslims in Ho Chi Minh city. For non-Muslim readers, you are about to understand significances conveyed in the word “halal.”

The article also suggests some eateries when you suddenly want to switch things up. It also shows you where you should book a table when you want to treat some Islamic friends.

So, let’s get started.

Discovering “halal”

What does “halal” mean?

In all aspects of life, Islam distinguishes “halal” with “haram.” Both “halal” and “haram” are Arabic words. The former means “lawful” or “permissible.” The latter has the opposite meaning.

Regarding food, halal food is food that is permissible to eat. Thus, halal food is the dietary standard. There is a part in Qur’an (the scripture of Islamic communities) prescribing the standard.

Officially, halal foods are foods that meet two fundamental criteria:

  1. Must not contain any prohibited component under the regulation of Islamic law.
  2. To be cleansed as per Islamic law in every step of processing, making, producing, manufacturing, storing with utensils.

In reality, several things can be clearly identified as halal or haram. However, there exist things which are not clear to define. People call them “mashbooh” (meaning doubtful, or questionable). For those, you should contact specialized organs to get their advice. We will describe the work of those organizations later in this article.

Except for the things that are considered haram (i.e., pork and pork products, intoxicants, and drinks that contain alcohol), other foods can be regarded as halal. Plants of all types and their products, if not poisonous, harmful for health, or intoxicated are permissible (halal). It is encouraged to serve appropriate vegetarian foods or plant-based foods.

If you want to know about all haram foods, you can search for information from several websites.

Some notes on preparing halal meat

Islam strongly emphasizes hygiene and cleanliness in food processes. Therefore, all aspects of hygiene should be ensured (including personal hygiene, dressing during the food preparation process, etc.)

From the Islamic viewpoints, both animal and human life are sacred. God blesses them their life. When an animal has to end its life for the survival of human(s), it should only be under the name of God that the animal’ life is taken.

Therefore, the person in charge of slaughtering in compliance with Islamic law must utter the statement “In the name of God – God is the Greatest/ Bismillahi Allahu Akbar.” The phrase bismillah means ‘in the name of God.’

Slaughter under Islamic law

Muslims believe that their way of killing animals help them reduce (or be unconscious of) pain or distress before dying. Rules regarding the slaughter are as below.

  • The slaughter is carried out by a mental-healthy adult Muslim.
  • Before cutting, the slaughterer says God’s name (as mention above).
  • Using a sharp knife to make a single cut on the animal’s throat that can take its life quickly.
  • The cut must sever the trachea, the esophagus, and two blood vessels on either side of the animal’s throat.
  • Don’t cut out the spinal cord.
  • Treat animals well before killing them.
  • Kill the animal in a place that other animals could not see that.
  • Sharpen the knife outside the visual field of the animal.
  • It is not allowed to have blemishes on the knife blade which may tear the animal’s wound.
  • Place the animal in its comfortable position before killing.
  • Only process the animal after it is dead and completely bleeds out.

Halal certified foods

As mentioned above, several certain foods cannot be clearly classified as halal or haram. Don’t you know that there are organizations that investigate and certify foods that meet criteria to be halal? Thanks to their work, people who want to buy Muslim food only need to check halal certification on product labels and decide to take it or not.

So far, maybe you now realize why halal food is highly appreciated by an increasing number of people that are not Muslims all over the world. To the most shallow extent, halal food is healthy food, isn’t it?

Halal certified restaurants

Non-Muslims usually misunderstand that Muslim-owned restaurants and halal-certified restaurants are the same. That is the reason why we are about to explain the certification process clearly. It is also why we will introduce to you only halal-certified restaurants. That allows you to have peace of mind to enjoy halal food for Muslims.

Well, there are appointed bodies in countries to take the responsibility of investigating and qualifying businesses with halal certification. Not only eating establishments wish and need such certifications, but businesses of other types also do. Thus, the halal certification for one entity may be under either of the schemes below:

  • Food, Beverage & Catering
  • Restaurant
  • Industrial
  • Abattoir
  • Warehouse / Storage
  • Product Endorsement

As you can figure out, restaurants wanting to get halal certification for their business will be considered under Restaurant scheme.

The process that a business can attain such certification varies from country to country. However, there are three cardinal steps: Application, Audit by experts and get Certification.

For me, I change the names of those processes to Amazing Adorable Credit. And, every time I guide tourists of my guests to any halal-certified restaurants, I tell them that “we are going to an Amazing-Adorable-Credit restaurant.” The reason lies in the truth that, nothing is stricter than criteria of verifying something to be halal.

If you wish to learn more about the certification process, just leave some words in the comment box, I would love to describe it in further details.

Step 1: Application

Those wishes to have their businesses halal-certified must submit their application to the relevant Certification Bodies. Being aware of and complying with requirements for halal certification is of critical importance at this stage.

Step 2: Audit

After reviewing all aspects of the application information (such as checking the entire menu and ingredients of a restaurant), auditors will inspect the site. The areas that are verified may include but not limited to:

  • The premises’ overall aspects
  • Documentation
  • Product processing, handling, and distribution
  • Food safety, sanitary and cleanliness
  • Tools, machines

During the auditing step, additional requirements may be given for the sake of final certification (i.e., showing halal certificates of individual ingredients).

Step 3: Certification

Upon the completion of the halal audit, the Halal Certification Body will proceed with technical procedures by themselves. The halal certificate will be issued if the authorities define that the business has been satisfied with its criteria.

Here, you may ask, “What happens next?” or “How long is the validation time of a certificate?” Ahh, what a smart question! After being certified, the business must still be under periodical surveillance audits.

That’s not all. The reports from surveillance audits are the basis for the Certification Board to decide if approve the business’ application for certification renewal (upon the expiration of their current certificate).

Brief summary

By far, you have known the meaning of “halal.” You have also perceived that all Muslim food must be halal. Hence we should introduce you to a halal-certified restaurant to enjoy Muslim food while you are in Ho Chi Minh city.

Now, it’s time to ease your stomach with halal food from seven Muslim-friendly restaurants of this city.

 

Seven recommended restaurants serving halal food in Ho Chi Minh city 

Located in the most accessible locations, or near the most sought-after places in Saigon, all restaurants below cause you almost no difficulty to reach. So now, let’s see what they have to offer you.

Kampung Pandan

Muslim food in Kampung Pandan features the cuisine of four Asian countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and India. There are up to 200 dishes on the menu for you to choose from.

Notably, the restaurant is the only halal restaurant in Vietnam that serves Fresh Roti Canai – a favorite Malaysian dish of all time. However, we have to say that even without Roti, dishes of the restaurant are much loved.

Kampung Pandan seems to be the place that is suitable for all purposes, from team events, conferences, launching products, press conference, to family gatherings or birthday party. Good news is that this restaurant has its branch in Dalat, one of the most-visited places in Vietnam. So, let’s reach the restaurant next time when you are in Dalat.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 53 Thu Khoa Huan Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

Phone: (84) 28 6291 6666

Website: kampungpandan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kphalal

Opening hours: 6 am – 11 pm

Mee Mamak at Kampung Pandan

Kampung Pandan halal food restaurants ho chi minh city

Kampung Melayu Halal Restaurant

If you are a Malaysian Muslim or you are a Malaysian-food lover, let’s think of taking a rest and having your meal at Kampung Melayu. The restaurant is in a modest place near Ben Thanh market. It seems to be a convenient place for you either after being tired of strolling around the market or enjoying food before exploring everything nearby.

As can be understood from its name, the restaurant serves food that hails from Malaysia only. Foodies can savor usual dishes of Malaysians like Beef Hor Fun and Seafood Fried Rice.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 31 Nguyen An Ninh, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 

Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 05:30 – 23:30

The Daun Restaurant 

Another food-stop for Muslim food is The Daun Restaurant. Interestingly, it is near Ben Thanh market as well. The restaurant is sort of reputable restaurant among Muslim travelers. Customers can choose to dine-in or to take-away their picks because the restaurant pleases all wishes.

The restaurant offers tens of sumptuous authentic dishes of Vietnam, Malaysian, Singapore and Western cuisine. You may hear somewhere that Bun Cha Gio is the must-try. Other times, people tell you to try classic beef Pho or fresh spring rolls.

However, to tell you the truth, a total of 164 dishes are being served in the restaurant. Hence, you may find your unique favorites among them that are different from other people.

Not only appealing its guests by its delectable menu, but The Daun Restaurant outstanding feature also lies in its excellent service. Many people have given the restaurant with profound complements. Among Muslims who live in Ho Chi Minh City, many have become its patronage.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 48, Le Lai, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phone number: 076 424 3229

Website: https://thedaun.com/about/

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TheDaunRestaurant/

Opening hours: 7 am – 10:30 pm

Mee Hoon Goreng at The Daun

Hummus and Grill Restaurant

Serving halal Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian menus, Hummus and Grill Restaurant is proud that they will leave their customers lasting impressions. Their Middle Eastern and Indian menu highlights may be kofta kebab, biryani, or naan. Ginger poached chicken or Yangzhou fried rice can be seen as excellent dishes of Asian style. Even vegetarians can feel they are welcome here because Hummus and Grill also offer vegetarian options.

Besides, there are two additional features of the restaurant urging us to recommend it to you.

First, it is located on Pham Ngu Lao street, next to Bui Vien street where foreign visitors spend their time enjoying the nightlife. Hence, it is so convenient for you both to treat your taste buds in Hummus and Grill and to join the sparkling nightlife in Bui Vien street.

Second, the restaurant offers the delivery service and pick up service. All you need to do is going to their website, choose from an array of options the dish(es) you want, then make payments. It takes you 50 minutes until having your food delivered; or 25 minutes before you can pick up your order at the restaurant’s counter.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 175/16 Pham Ngu Lao street, Hem 28 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Phone number: 0084 938 464 288, 0084 934 171 488, 0084 938 946 488

Website: http://www.ctiaspire.com/menus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Humus.and.Grill.Lebanese.Indian.Halal.Restaurant/

Opening hours: 09:00 am – 02:00 am

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Located very close to Hummus and Grill, Taj Mahal Restaurant has its own uniqueness and therefore, also loved by Muslim food eaters. Here serving Indian, Pakistani and Malaysian halal dishes.

The best-known dishes of Taj Mahal are several curries, as well as Dam Biryani. Customers usually say that they love the aroma of spices used in the restaurant, and foods here are worth a try!

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 241 Pham Ngu Lao, Pham Ngu Lao ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Online order page: https://www.now.vn/ho-chi-minh/taj-mahal-restaurant

Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am – 11 pm

Taj Mahal Restaurant

Halal Saigon 

Just crossing the street from Saigon Central Mosque, everyone who wants to have a Muslim meal can find something delicious for them here. Halal Saigon Restaurant serves around two hundred dishes of Vietnam, Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, and Singaporean cuisine, and more. It is also a vegetarian-friendly restaurant.

Because the restaurant’s owner is from Malaysia, dishes of Halal Saigon are somehow imbued with influences of Malaysian cuisine. However, above all, the restaurants have won regulars’ and tourists’ heart because it serves customers based on the perspective that halal cuisine is for everyone, Muslims or non-Muslims.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 31 Dong Du Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh 70100, Vietnam

Tel: +84 2838 246 823

Website: http://www.halalsaigon.com.vn/about-us/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halalsaigon0/

Opening hours: Daily 10 am – 10 pm

D’Nyonya Penang

Don’t miss Assam Laksa, or crispy Pie-Tee, and Nyonya Otah-Otah in this restaurant that takes you only one minute to walk from Saigon Central Mosque. D’Nyonya Penang serves several Malaysian local favorites as well as authentic Nyonya Dished.

Are you curious about what the restaurant has on the menu? Ahh, be prepared to dealing with conflicts of thoughts in your mind when it comes to deciding your picks. The reason is that there are 148 dishes of food, not to mention 43 options for drinks and beverage.

Hey, some last words. Don’t forget that the restaurant offers SPECIAL BUFFET LUNCH from 11:00 am TO 2:00 pm at favorable prices of 130,000 VND net/ adult and 80,000 VND/ child.

You can further discover the restaurant at:

Address: 56 Dong Du St, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Tel: +84 2838 223 902

Website: http://www.d-nyonya.com/

Opening hours: Daily 7 am – 10 pm

Bonus – more suggestions to find halal food in Ho Chi Minh city

If you still want to look for some other Muslim-friendly or Muslim-owned restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city, you may want to consider the following:

  • Baba’s Kitchen at 274 Bui Vien, District 1 – Indian cuisine – This is home to a variety of curries, apart from tandoori and butter chicken.
  • Al Sham Saigon at 300 Vo Van Kiet, District 1 – Middle-Eastern Cuisine. Al Sham Saigon is increasingly reputable among Saigon locals and expats. Though its menu is not so diverse, there are still many options of Middle-Eastern authentic goodness for you to choose from. Dishes like Arabic Salads, Shakshuka with Eggs, Shawarma Sandwiches, and Syrian cuisine are all served here.
  • Zeytun Restaurant at 185 Bui Vien, District 1 – Middle-Eastern Cuisine. If you are fans of mouth-watering delights such as Pide Pizza Beef, or Doner Kebabs, and Shawarmas, this is the right place for you.

Wanting to make your dishes by yourself, below are the places that you could come to buy halal food in Ho Chi Minh.

Conclusions

Well, you have already gone through a short trip of learning about the meaning behind the word “halal” and screening some halal restaurants in Ho Chi Minh city. Now it’s only a matter of which ones you choose to visit. After taking Muslim travelers to some restaurants in the list, I strongly recommend that next time you visit Vietnam, try the Vietnamese Muslim cuisine. The signature dishes like Muslim “Pho”, Muslim “Banh Mi” or Muslim “Banh Xeo” will be a huge hit to treat yourself.

As a tour guide in Vietnam, this piece of writing is written with the help of internet research and my personal experience when trying the restaurants with my Muslim friends. If you have any suggestions for the good Halal restaurants in Saigon that I haven’t included, feel free so the readers can benefit from your sharing. Have a good trip in Vietnam!

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