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Searching for Halal? Check Out Our List of Places to Get Your Fix

August 4, 2014

The Philippines is said to have “the best pig ever” according to Anthony Bourdain, but there is also another side of the cuisine that retained its own character even with the country’s deep colonial and Christian influences.

Halal, for those unfamiliar with the term, is the holy guide for what Muslims can eat or drink. The name comes from the Arabic term ‘permissable’, and references the Quran in dictating what meat and cuts can be eaten, how they’re slaughtered, and how they’re cleaned so they’re fit for Muslim consumption. Certification and enforcement of halal in the Philippines comes from The Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines, Inc. (IDCP).

The local halal handscape looks like it’s shaped by practicing Muslim communities from Middle Easterners to those from Tausug, Moro, and Maranao tribes; but food products from companies such as Monde Nissin Corp. and Universal Robina Corporation have also sought halal certification to reassure its Muslim consumers.

It’s not easy to go halal in a region that loves its pork. Here’s a round-up of where to go for practicing Muslims looking to eat, and for non-Muslims to taste.

Secret Recipe

Secret Recipes

Secret Recipe is a cafe franchise from Malaysia with Western, Asian, and fusion fare. From their country of origin to branches in neighboring Muslim countries such as Indonesia and Brunei, they maintain the halal practice even in their Philippine branches.

Secret Recipe has branches in Shangri-la EDSA Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, and Robinsons Magnolia

Potato Corner

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The country’s favorite flavored french fry is halal-certified. The halal certificate is most prominent at their stalls in Greenhills, but their representatives assured that they source ingredients from a single supplier that is halal-compliant.

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Potato Corner can be found in most malls and food courts around Metro Manila

Sharifa Halal Food

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Curried meats, fried chicken, and fish are their menu staples, with Mindanaon fare such as chicken piyanggang. They also do a home-style Filipino take on Malay dishes such as nasi goreng and mee goreng.

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Sharifa Halal Food
3rd Floor, V Mall Greenhills Foodcourt

Bijan Specialty Food Shop

Bijan Halal Grocery

Worth a visit for avid cooks looking for Middle Eastern, especially Iranian spices. Their stock also includes snacks, frozen halal meats, sweets, and specialty canned goods, among many others.

Bijan Specialty Food Shot
Ground Floor, Greenhills Shopping Center, right next to Kenny Roger’s Roasters

Ranao Halal Food

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This place specializes in Maranao food catering to the Greenhills Muslim Community. If you get there before the post-prayer crowds, you may be able to get a bowl of kuning (yellow rice). They’re best known for their special iftar menu during Ramadan, with special samosas, rice cakes, baked goods, and more.

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Ranao Halal Food
18-A Carpark 2, Annapolis St., Greenhills Shopping Center, Greenhills, San Juan City
Fronting V-Mall, next to the Greenhills Mosque

Jacob’s Shawarma

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While they do shawarma and kebab well, their Salmon Shawarma is a real find. Certain meats are only available on particular days, but their Chicken Wings and Lamb Kebabs are available for the whole week. They also offer flavored Yogurt Shakes, and desserts such as Baklava and Sutlac. They are also open till midnight, and through the night on Saturday until Sunday morning.

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Jacob’s Shawarma
Ground Floor, AIC Gold Building, Sapphire Road, Ortigas

Assad Mini Mart

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A step through the door of Assad’s and you’re greeted by the pungent smell of mixed spices. Aside from the specialty store offerings of Indian and Middle Eastern packed and frozen goods and spices, they also sell Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Salt, and home-made sweets.

Assad Mini Mart
Branches are at Jupiter Street, Makati and U.N. Avenue, Paco, Manila

New Bombay

New Bombay

Traditional Indian, Indo China, and South Indian food, with vegetarian options. While there are a number of other New Bombay branches, so far it’s the Makati and Ortigas branches that have been certified halal.

New Bombay has branches in Makati and Ortigas

Muslim Town

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The road from its welcome arch to the iconic Golden Mosque is dotted with ghetto grub-style eateries, from halal chicken to Mindanao food fare. If you’re not a fan of curry and coconut-based sauces, there’s shawarma, or homemade roti served plain or stuffed with chicken and vegetables. Durian jam and curry pastes are also easily available from any of the market stalls inside. While it’s usually bustling with activity, the area quiets down during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr.

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Muslim Town
Globo de Oro, Quiapo

Where are other good halal places to eat in the Philippines? Share us your finds with a comment below.

Sources:
1. “What is halal food?” http://www.thekitchn.com/good-question-what-is-halal-me-60979
2. “Halal Guide: Companies and Products” http://halalguide.com.ph/halalindustry/companiesproducts/
3. “Halal Manila: Quiapo” http://halalmanila.blogspot.com/search/label/Quiapo
4. “IDCP: Cerification” http://www.idcphalal.com/certification.html
5. “Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur: Philippine Halal food list” https://www.facebook.com/PhlembassyKL/posts/247767985305317

Mia Marci Mia Marci

Mia Marci likes sampling street food, even if she doesn't know what's in it. She's gotten sick to her stomach on occasion because of this hazardous curiosity, but even the strictest of doctors couldn't stop her. Mia also writes about video games, travel, and girly issues for other publications. She also teaches English and Creative Writing. In the little spare time she has left, she catches up on film and TV shows, while cuddling up to her dog and cat.

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5 responses to “Searching for Halal? Check Out Our List of Places to Get Your Fix”

  1. Satti addict says:

    Love sharifa’s! Their chicken satti is sooo good, you can even ask them to refill the spicy bowl for just 15 pesos! 🙂

  2. KT says:

    Thank you for these! I’m a Muslim convert from Dubai and don’t have Muslim friends in Manila so I have not much knowledge of these places!
    Try Gilak (Greenbelt) and Shomal (Trinoma) by Hussein. Quite pricey but great!

  3. Rj Mabalay says:

    If you are looking for a Hotel Serving Certified Halal food, please try Berjaya Makati Hotel along Makati Avenue. We serve Malaysian, Indian and Filipino cuisines. Thanks Admin.

  4. Farah says:

    Thank you so very much for this useful topic! I just recently converted to Islam and I’m loving it but worried about the places outside like where to eat halal foods! It’s really a relief…

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