Halal kimchi and sashimi? You name it, they’ve got it.
These days, there are so many Halal-certified eateries out there for Muslims or diners with Muslim friends and colleagues. Other than HeiSushi, Seoul Garden or 4Fingers, here’s a list of places where you can get your army stew, kimchi pancake and ramen fix.
From now until 13 August, Japanese-French cafe Kumoya welcomes fans of the cartoon character Cinnamoroll. Decked out in themed wallpaper and fluffy white clouds, dine with the white puppy and his friends while tucking in to the Flying Clouds Cinnamoroll Burger ($17.90), which features a pillowy mantou burger bun. Improvising on Kumoya’s signatures, look forward to the Cinnamoroll Berries Fantasy Parfait ($17.90) and eclairs ($7.90 for 2) with chocolate or vanilla filling. 8 Jalan Klapa. Tel: 6297 3727
The Ramen Stall
Satisfy late night hunger pangs with ramen and sashimi at The Ramen Stall, open until 5am daily. Order the chicken cha-shu ramen ($11) for thin, springy noodles immersed in a luscious broth—wholesome goodness extracted by boiling meat and bones for 30 hours. If you love the heat, challenge your taste buds with volcano ramen ($11), which comes in three levels of spice. Other dishes include appetisers such as okonomiyaki ($10.90) and a wide range of donburis (from $8.90). 787 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6655 0800
You can choose to sit at wooden tables, at the bar in the evening, or head upstairs for tatami seats at Muslim-owned Hararu Izakaya. While admiring the paintings that transport you to Japan, partake in bang-for-your-buck deals on donburi set lunches (from $10). Each set comes with hot green tea, miso soup and salad with every main donburi ordered. For dinner, go for charcoal grilled skewers—think chicken butt and japan scallop wrapped with sliced turkey. Don’t forget to try the Japanese twisted chendol for dessert! 16 Bussorah Street. Tel: 6291 5373
Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace
At Isuramuya, you are greeted by a marketplace retailing Japanese foodstuff for you to whip up at home! Slurp up a bowl of shoyu ramen or sip on honey citron tea without leaving the house. However, if you’re too lazy to clean up the mess, Isuramuya has you covered with a wide variety of dishes that will leave you spoilt for choice. From takoyaki balls to soft shell crab salad and ramen, there is something for everyone. #04-19 JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1. Tel: 6262 3008
Santaro by Gion
Eat to your heart’s content as Santaro by Gion introduces not just one, but four a la carte buffets for all you aficionados of beef ($68), lobster ($88) and sashimi ($98). If time is of the essence, go for the seasonal sets that will fill you up—from the unagi and sashimi ($45) to chirashi ($45), expect the flavours of home cooking as dishes are prepared with house-made sauces and spices. #02-26 Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road. Tel: 6444 9989
Muk-Bang Korean Restaurant
There’s a plethora of Korean delicacies for you to choose from at this casual Korean restaurant. Spice up your day with a fiery pot of army stew ($36) that feeds two to three. From kimchi pancake ($16) to spicy stir-fried chicken, don’t worry about the little ones as the menu also includes non-spicy dishes such as seafood pancake ($16) and ginseng chicken soup. #01-02 Viva Business Park, 750 Chai Chee Road. Tel: 6604 6328
Food Lovers Only (FLO)
Opened by the same people behind Cafe Manuka in Paragon, FLO whips up Korean favourites with a Western twist. If carbs are the order of the day, dive straight into FLO’s rosti special ($15)—think pan-fried shredded potatoes topped with your choice of eggs (sunny side up or scrambled). You won’t want to miss the flavourful Korean beef bulgogi sandwich ($15), tomatoes, caramelised onions and stringy mozzarella cheese sandwiched by ciabatta bread. #02-15A IMM, 2 Jurong East Street 21. Tel: 6896 1396
Did you know there’s more to this Korean fast-food joint than fried chicken? At Jinjja Chicken, most forget about the burgers and french fries. Other than the signature jinjja wings and drumsticks (from $7.90 for half dozen), complete your meal with tteokbokki fries ($3.50). For something more substantial, the jjajang myeon ($7.90) and bibimbap ($7.90) will satisfy. 249 Victoria Street.