If you are Muslim, finding places in Korea that serve Halal food is always a struggle. When you visit a new location within Korea, it is always the first question on your mind. Busan is one of the most popular domestic travel locations in Korea. I have spent one year in Busan and to be honest, it was hard for me to maintain a strictly Halal diet and eat out. However, I have managed to find a few places. Hence, this article is for my Muslim friends traveling to Busan. Here are some great options for Halal food in Busan!
What is Halal Food
As some people who come across this article might be interested in trying Halal food or do not know what it is, I will explain it in simple terms. In Islam, we have rules about the kinds of food we are allowed to eat. Practicing Muslims all over the world follow these rules in their daily lives.
In order for food to be considered Halal they have to follow these rules:
- Not contain any pork products
- Animals and birds must be slaughtered according to a ritual that ensures they are killed as humanely as possible.
- No blood products (even beef sundae is not Halal)
- No alcohol
- Carnivorous animals cannot be eaten
- Animals without external ears (such as turtles) cannot be eaten.
“Animals” refers to land animals. Most sects of Islam consider all fish and seafood to be Halal without following special slaughtering rituals.
However, some people are stricter with their Halal practices than others. Many will not eat food that has been prepared in the same kitchen, with the same utensils, as non-Halal (Haram) food. If you are in Korea, following a strict Halal diet such as this is nearly impossible outside of Seoul.
And so, in this article, I will cover restaurants that offer options that have lots of Halal options. However, they may not be suitable for those who only consume certified Halal products.
The first place that I discovered when I first arrived in Busan was this brunch cafe called Full Full. This cafe is located on the main street of Jeonpo- dong. Jeonpo is known for its trendy cafes. Full Full is a salad place, but their salads go above and beyond. They are extremely delicious!
The place offers various rich and healthy salads such as shrimp, salmon, and tofu salads. You also get to choose your own dressing. When it comes to prices, Full Full is affordable. The prince ranges from 9,000 to 16,000 won.
Full Full (풀풀) Address: 22 Jeonpo-daero 209beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan Korean Address: 부산 부산진구 전포대로209번길 22 Operating Hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Next, is Eobu. This restaurant has been certified by the Korean Tourism Organization as a Halal-friendly restaurant. No Haram items are cooked in this restaurant. The only Haram thing available is alcohol. However, you can simply choose not to drink it.
There are no pork products or alcohol used to cook the food, which is common at most Korean restaurants. Plus, Eobu also gives us Muslim friends the chance to participate in Korean BBQ! Eobu is a BBQ restaurant that exclusively serves seafood. You can enjoy BBQ clams and Eel.
Eobu (어부) Address: 10 Gunam-ro 12beon-gil, Haeundae-gu, Busan Korean Address: 부산 해운대구 구남로12번길 10 Operating Hours: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Punjab Halal has options for even the strictest of Muslims. All of their menu items are Halal and their kitchen has not been used to cook Haram items. They have an extensive menu with all of the Indian and Pakistani classics.
If you love Indian food, Muslim or not, you will absolutely love Punjab Halal. Besides being great for Muslims, it is also a great place to bring your friends. Introducing your friends to Halal food here will leave a positive impression of our culture and religion. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and you can see people from all over the world visiting the restaurant.
Punjab Halal (펀자브 인도요리전문점) Address: 1393-31 Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae-gu, Busan Korean Address: 부산 해운대구 구남로 31 세븐편의점 Operating Hours: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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