With the lifting of borders and restrictions, it’s no surprise that people are once again flocking to travel. Travelling offers such an exciting adventure, allowing us to explore wondrous landscapes, experience new sights and sounds, and venture into unfamiliar territories.
Now that schools are out and many of us will be travelling, there is no better time to share some handy tips and tricks to help you locate halal food while exploring foreign destinations:
Just as Muis certifies eateries and products here in Singapore, other certification bodies do exactly what we do overseas.
Checking for a valid halal certificate ensures that the food served in a particular makan place or restaurant is halal-compliant, as it signifies that a certifying body has verified this.
If there is no halal certificate, fret not. Learn a few key phrases in the local language that can help you inquire about the halal status of food. You can ask strategic questions to ensure the food is halal.
For instance, you can inquire about the presence of alcohol or alcoholic-based ingredients (such as salad dressings) and any meat or poultry ingredients.
When in doubt, opt for vegetarian or seafood dishes.
However, do note that vegetarian or seafood options are not necessarily halal. For example, the food could contain alcohol or non-halal ingredients. So it’s important to ascertain what goes in your food.
Use Google to your advantage. Search for halal options in the area or look up common recipes for specific dishes to determine their ingredients.
Having a local friend can be invaluable as they are often well-versed and more aware of how to navigate around. Alternatively, don’t be shy to ask around!
You can also consider packing some snacks from home.
This ensures you have a (somewhat) full belly until you locate suitable dining options or when travelling to remote areas where halal food might be scarce.
Travelling overseas as a Muslim may require a bit of extra effort when it comes to finding halal food. However, equipped with knowledge and research, you can savour flavours from all over the world with confidence and without compromising our faith’s requirement for halal food.
So explore new flavours and embrace the adventures that await. Bon appétit and safe travels!
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