We do not like to follow around flag-wielding tour guides when we travel. Its better to explore and discover on our own – Easy and Not Free (but Cheap). And this includes discovering Halal eateries. Of course with the many websites and google, we can prepare ourselves on the dining options our destination has to offer, as part of our trip planning.
On our recent Winter trip to Seoul – we did not starve 🙂
First logical place to look for Halal eats and groceries in Seoul is the Itaewon area, especially the area around the Seoul Central Mosque. Its a ghetto like place lined with Muslim (mainly Indian/ Pakistani) businesses and restaurants. Warning though: The place is also home to many Pubs and Bars…so, best to avoid the place in the evenings.
Elsewhere in Seoul:
At the Insadong shopping street, you can get Halal North Indian food at the Nirvana Halal Indian Kitchen. They serve the typical Biryani, Curries and Naan.
Nirvana Halal Indian Kitchen
58 Insadong-gil, Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Walk further South, there is another Halal Indian restaurant –
99 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Gwancheol-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
We headed for Yang Good Restaurant for our fix of barbecued lamb and beef – Korean style of course.
Yang Good Restaurant
15 Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
By the way, Yang (羊) means sheep (in Chinese).
At Nami Island
We spent the whole daylight hours at Nami Island. For lunch, we headed for
Asian Cuisine Restaurant which serves your typical Korean fare with sides (Bancan). For convenience, there is a very spacious musollah on the 2nd floor of the building.
Other options –
You do get stalls selling Halal food at the weekend night market at Insadong and Myeongdong.
Or, if you are in an apartment with kitchen facilities – buy some local ingredients at their markets and supermarkets and Cook!