Monday, January 2, 2012

Halal Food in Bangkok

When I first thought of following Raden to Bangkok, my first thought was, 'Would it be difficult to look for halal food?' Definitely having travelled to a few places (like Macau which only had ONE halal outlet) it can be quite daunting to plan your itinerary. I remember us being ravenously hungry looking for a halal eatery near the entrance of the Great Wall of China and finally consenting to eat at a vegetarian outlet or the time we resorted to eating fillet o fish at McDonalds in Manila (fyi, McDonalds uses vegetable oil to fry their patties and if they're no pork served at that outlet, you should be fairly safe in eating the fries, apple pies and fillet o fish).


A mosque that we passed by while in Pattaya

So this time, I decided that since hubby had already been there, I'll just follow his lead. Luckily we had some amazing people who helped us in selecting and looking for halal eateries.

First up, Sophia restaurant.





The restaurant serves halal Thai food (which is absolutely delicious) at an amazingly low price. Though I don't mean downright cheap but definitely a steal at the price that they're selling. If you're ever in Bangkok and you stay not too far from the airport (like us) you might want to check out the restaurant. Their website is [here].

Shopping District: Siam Paragon, MBK, Siam Square etc etc

If you're a shopper (like me) you might be thinking about heading to the shopping district and checking out the goods on display there. What I loved about these places is that almost every shopping complex have at least one halal outlet (most of them have more). This is what we found at MBK (MahBoonKrong):






Basically there are about four halal outlets (maybe more, but I'm not too sure) that we noticed. It's located at the fifth floor food court whose theme is International Cuisine (or something of the sort). You can choose from authentic Thai, Arabic or even Indonesian. Verdict: delicious but slightly pricey compared to Sophia.

MBK is accessible via BTS and MRT. Stop at the National Stadium station (you might have to interchange if you're using BTS) and there's a bridge connecting the station to MBK. You won't get lost if you just follow the signs *duh*.


From the National Stadium Station.


You're almost there!

Chatuchak Market

Bangkok's biggest outdoor market (or Pasar as we Malaysians call them). I initially thought that it'd be difficult to find halal food here, being a pasar and all, but I can't be more wrong. There's tons of halal stalls spattered all over Chatuchak.


I recommend the Chicken Murtabak. Yummy!


Had beef kebab here. Notice the halal sign near the man's leg?


Another halal stall selling umm.. if you can read Thai maybe you can let me know =)

Having grown in Kuching, I absolutely love warung and food stalls as they (most of the time) serve the best foods in town. And it's the same in Chatuchak. The murtabak I had tasted better than the ones I had in mamak stalls and the beef kebab is absolutely tender and juicy. Verdict: Yummy with prices in the moderate range. I still think Sophia restaurant serves the best priced food!

Getting to Chatuchak is easy, there's a Chatuchak Weekend Market station =).


I've also found this amazing blog from a fellow Muslim Thai on halal outlets in Thailand (which was very, very useful to me when we were in Pattaya). You may want to check her out: Lynn [click here]. She has halal food info on almost everywhere in Thailand.

Another helpful guide (which was really really helpful when we were in Manila, Macau and Hong Kong) is Zabihah.com. It's an online halal food directory for places all over the world. Without Zabihah, I won't know where to eat in Macau *yikes*. The website is [here]. Unfortunately, I don't think the website is updated often so the listings may be slightly out of date.

For those looking forward to a holiday in Bangkok, have a great stay and make sure you get to taste the local tom yum. You won't regret it! Warning: Not advisable for those who can't stand spicy food.

For easy reference, you may want to check out my Facebook page [here], the halal guides are included in my photo albums complete with the restaurant's address (or the very least, directions on how to get there).


xoxo Mrs Fashionista 

38 comments:

  1. thanks for the info. Very useful for my travel plan :)

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  2. thanks for the info too. just being instructed for outstation there for the first time on this upcoming february. knowing that many halal food store there i feel quite relieved. (has been to hong kong last october for a week, most of my meals are fillet o fish only)

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  3. Glad that I can help. Hong Kong actually has a lot of halal outlets, unfortunately, the outlets are not located at ground floor, that's why it's quite difficult to know exactly where are the halal food outlets. Will post more halal food info in the future =)

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  4. i would like to travel solo for 3days in bangkok with airasia promotion including jalan2 in bangkok. so what should i bring. is it hard to find halal food's there?

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  5. It's definitely not that difficult to look for halal food in Bangkok. Most of the major shopping complexes (i.e. MBK, Siam Paragon, Pratunam, Platinum) have halal cafes and eateries. Even Chatuchak market also has plenty of halal stalls selling halal food. My suggestion is that you keep a list of halal food outlets (and their locations) and you should be safe.

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  6. Dear fareiny.

    You know where's the halal food area centara hotel lat phrao bangkok
    tq.

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    1. u can go Jatujak market is the nearest one. otherwise , u must go Masjid Muhajireeen

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  7. Terribly sorry. I can't help you with that, I never did get the chance to explore the eateries near Hotel Lat Phrao

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  8. try find on this blog http://zlynn17.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for the link Halim. If you notice, I've also included Lynn's link in my blog. If you (or any of my readers) have any more info on Halal food in Bangkok you are most welcomed to leave a comment. Or maybe just let me know whether you've tried the locations that I mentioned in this blogpost =).

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  11. Thank you very much this will be very useful when u travel October. My biggest fear was the food when going to Thailand,(;

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  12. Glad to be of help. I'll update this blog if I have the opportunity to visit Bangkok again in the future =). And maybe add more Muslim food outlets in the process

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  13. I wish mcdonalds burger king was halal in Bangkok/ Thailand :-(

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    1. Me too!! However, be rest assured that the Burger King in both Malaysia and Singapore is definitely halal.

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  14. Thank you very much for your valuable information, here from Lebanon we really appreciated your kind efforts... may you see peace from god on the Judgment Day...

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    1. Thank you sis. Really appreciate the kind words and prayer. Ameen.

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  15. Thank you very much, inshallah your blog is going to be of major help when my wife and I go on Friday.... You should visit Sri Lanka soon... I've not seen you write a blog about it... :) May Allah Bless your family!

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    1. Glad I could help in making your journey to Bangkok easier. I've never been to Sri Lanka, but I do hope I get a chance to visit Sri Lanka soon =).

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  16. Hi...

    Did you know any place for halal food place nearest the Amari Athrium Hotel? And how about hotel Amaria Athrium itself? Its halal? Tq

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  17. Hi..

    Do you know any halal food nearest Amaria Athrium Hotel in Bangkok? Or its Amari hotel itself serve for halal food?

    I heard that from there nees to go to find Arab Street to get halal food and its very far from the hotel. Need to take cab to go there..its quite deficuilt for me to stay therw for 10 days training. Tq

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  18. Hi.. do you know any halal food nearest Amari Athrium Hotel in Bangkok? Or its Amaria hotel itself serve for halal food?

    Thanks...

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    1. Dear Rix,
      I found this info of the net. There's a halal Indian eatery opposite the hotel: http://www.restaurantsofbangkok.com/media/restaurants/mj-s-zaika. Hope it helps =).

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  20. Hi,

    Thanks a lot for the info. very useful to me..
    any nice hotel recommendations nearby to the places you've recommended? I'll be travelling with my two young boys age 8 & 6

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    1. If your looking for hotels, I would have to say hotels near to the golden triangle area (i.e. areas surrounding MBK, Siam Paragon or Platinum/ Pratunam) should be within walking distance of the shopping complexes with halal food outlet that I mentioned. Sorry that I don't have a specific hotel to recommend you though, but if you're looking for a hotel with halal food I can recommend Novotel (the one at Siam Paragon). They do have a halal kitchen so you should be served with halal breakfast =)

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    2. Hi Fareiny,

      Thanks for putting this up.

      I have a question though, in Islam, the food that is considered halal for consumption has to be also prepared by Ahl-e- Kitab (People of the book)
      What are you thoughts on that?

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  21. Very Informative. Thank You.

    Do you know of any hotels in Bangkok that cater for halaal breakfasts?

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    1. Hi, I do know that Novotel Hotel (the one at Siam Paragon) has a halal kitchen so they do offer halal breakfast. Hope that helps =)

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  22. Thanks Fareiny wrote and provided us information regarding halal outlets and foods in Bangkok. I will travel to Bangkok this CNY (8-11/2/2013)

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  23. Thank you very much for the sharing.. Now i am all excited to go in March.. -Aisyah :)

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  24. I'm a bit curious about how they clean the cutlery and plates at the foodcourt. as I believes that there will be only one dept will in charge the dish washing.. and wondering whether they had separate the plates used by the non halal stall and halal stall..(any 'samak' has been done if its mixed up?)

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    1. I'm terribly sorry because the thought never entered my mind when I was there. Feel free to ask the food court operators though, maybe they can provide you with an explanation of how the cutleries and plates are cleaned =)

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  25. thanks a lot for your info...it helps me so much

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  26. If you lives in the London then you should visit this guide Halal food in London

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