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Monday, April 25, 2011

Where to Eat HALAL in Seoul

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Somebody asked me to recommend a few places (within the budget of 20-30$) where one can eat HALAL in Seoul, South Korea. I would say just come to Itaewon -there is a wide variety of restaurants run by Pakistanis, Indians, Bengalies, Moroccans, Jordanians, Turks and Egyptians to name a few।

I know that people on short visits suffer the most because they do NOT have enough time to get to know the place well. I went through this crisis myself. Visiting a new place we want to experience something new including food but within our confines. Korean food is great but if people are vegetarian or have other reservations in terms of food - it can get a little difficult in particular, when they do not know the Korean language or have little or no knowledge of what Korean food is all about? Things have changed but it is hard for short time travellers!

In case of halal, one can order seafood and vegetable combo...at any place. It is not only safe but is halal too. The safest and nicest choice in Korean food would be "Bibimbab" (mixed rice with vegetables) or Dolsut Bibimbab 비빔밥( mixed rice and veges in a stone pot) - very impressive, hearty, healthy and tasty!

So these are the places where one can try stuff "halal"...but they must stick to seafood and vegetables throughout

The list of restaurants include:

1) Mogul Restaurant (Pakistani/Indian Style food). This place is behind Hamilton Hotel, Itaewon Station exit #2. (this is rather expensive with 10% tax and will cost 35-40$/person)

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3) Sea Food Ocean: They have a huge variety of food ranging from 20-35$ ( need reservations or have to wait for 30-40 minutes). This place is specialized in seafood and one can choose from 20-30 different dishes as main course, about 15-18 desserts and a variety of drinks such as fresh juices, slush, soft drinks, teas, coffees etc.. It is worth a try. Their website is: http://seafoodocean.co.kr/. This is a chain and can be found in all the main areas. In Seoul one of their restaurants is located in Gwanghwamun area...near the palaces and the American Embassy.

4) Pizza Hut is another option where one can order vegetable pizza or pasta etc and it can be accompanied with a wide variety of salads when there is no other choice. http://www.pizzahut.co.kr/

5) Sultan Kebab is place specialized in Turkish food and BBQ. This place is also located in Itaewon - exit 3 ..go straight for 3 minutes...next to Dunkin Doughnuts (Price 5$ -10$)

6) Jessica's Kitchen /Italian Style food ( yet another chain which offers buffet for up to 23$. Their website is: http://www.jessicakitchen.co.kr/ . They are found in all the places from Yonsei University area to Gwangwhamun and Seochu gu. Korea Times article for detail can be read here :http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2009/10/146_17930.html

7) Thai Orchid (Thai Food) in Itaewon. Across from Hana Bank exit 3 ....go straight down to Itaewon Hotel ..It is across from Hana Bank and Itaewon Hotel.
8) Dubai Restaurant ( Middle astern Food such as couscous , falafel etc.) , Location Is Itaewon: exit #3. Next to Starbucks...second floor.

9) Sanchon Restaurant: Buddhist Food (100% vegetarian) http://www.sanchon.com/english/ . It is a beautiful combination of what they serve. Must be an interesting experience. A bit far but worth an experience.
For more on food in Korea please read this blog...

10)Pasha Restaurant (Turkish/Halal)in Gangnam

11)There are some very cool places to eat in a traditional set up in Bundang especially in Unjeongdong near Pangyo.

Hope this helps!


  1. Hi Sarah:
    Great blog...I would be visiting Incheon/Seoul from Ottawa, Canada between Christmas and new year. I have found lots of helpful information but I have few more questions regarding planning a couple of days trip to Seoul or other parts of Korea, if time allowed. Could I write to you; is there an email address?

  2. Thank you for liking the blog. You can leave your email her on the comment section and I will get back to you.

  3. Hi Sarah:
    Ill be visiting Seoul and will be staying at Coatel Hotel in Seocho.i was wondering if you could recommend the closest, or any, muslim restaurants in the area?

    Thanks so much

  4. @ Julesy: Hi there.
    I think you are very close to Gangnam (at a walking distance)if you are in Secho. Hence, Turkish restaurant called Pasha is a halal restaurant very close to your place. Please read my post on PASHA below: it will be helpful in: how to get there, checking out Pasha's website, as well as the food served via pictures and cross-posting of fellow Korean bloggers.


    Website of Pasha is:http://www.pashakebab.com/

    Enjoy your trip.

  5. hi sarah
    i came across your blog yesterday and i must say i was pleasantly surprised to find a blog where i can read about both pakistan and korea at the same time. i loved your posts about halal in korean food because honestly it's always a headache to decide what i can eat or not whenever i go to eat koean.
    i'l keep following your blog
    fighting !!!

  6. Hi Sabohee,

    Thank you so much for the kind words and appreciation. I'm really very glad that the blog is helpful.

    I will start a whole new page discussing Korean food that is halal.

    Have a wonderful day. :-)