South Korea is not a Muslim country. It is very difficult for Muslim to live here because of the insufficiency of Halal food available. However, Statistic tells that the number of Muslim visitor is increasing from 2016. Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) tries to attract more Muslim visitors by building more Halal Restaurants in the country.
KTO classified the Muslim Friendly Restaurant into four categories, as follows:
Among 135 restaurant that is listed by KTO, I had a chance to visit one of them. I will introduce the restaurant in this post. This time I will introduce one restaurant inside one of the most famous tourist attraction in South Korea, Nami Island.
The restaurant named Asian Family Restaurant Dongmoon (아시안 패밀리 레스토랑 동문). The location is inside Nami Island. Once you enter the island, go to the center of the island. The restaurant is together with the Musholla and other restaurants. For address detail and map, see below.
This restaurant is nominated as “Halal-certified Restaurant” by Korea Tourism Organization. This restaurant got the halal certification from Korea Muslim Federation (KMF). As shown in above picture, the beef is imported from Australia and the chicken is from Brazil.
All menu are insyaAlloh halal. As its title, the restaurant sells Asian cuisines. Not only Korean cuisine, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Chinese and several other Asian cuisines. Since it is a rare opportunity to taste Korean cuisines, I decided to order three Korean dishes: Bulgogi, Spicy beef soup and Black bean sauce Noodles. My favorite was Spicy beef soup! I don’t know that Korean has this taste of food ㅋㅋㅋㅋ After walking around the island, and skipping breakfast, eating spicy beef soup was very refreshing. It was tasty. The soup can be ordered both with noodles and rice. The thin-sliced beef texture was chewy and mild.
The bulgogi with rice was also tasty. But a bit too salty for me 😀 This menu came with egg soup which can neutralize the saltiness. The other famous Korean menu is black bean sauce noodles. The portion was enough for 1 person. Usually in normal Chinese restaurant, the noodles is containing pork, however in this restaurant is containing beef. As far as I remember, there are also cube-sliced potato, fried tofu and mushroom.
- Black bean sauce noodles – KRW 9,000
- Spicy beef noodle soup – KRW 10,000 , with noodles KRW 12,000
- Bulgogi with rice – KRW 10,000
- Seafood and kimchi fried rice – KRW 10,000
- Mongolian BBQ – KRW 32,000
- Deep fried chicken with garlic – KRW 25,000
- Viet style stir fried beef with black pepper sauce – KRW 32,000
- Deep fried prawn in hot pepper sauce – KRW 35,000
- Stir-fried eggplant with eohyang sauce – KRW 20,000
- Beijing-style sweet and sour beef – KRW 32,000
- Pattay – KRW 11,000
- Fried tofu udon – KRW 8,000
- Vietnam rice noodle with beef – KRW 10,000
- Indonesian style fried rice (Nasi Goreng) – KRW 10,000
- Grilled chicken teriyaki sauce – KRW 12,000
- Chicken cutlet with rice – KRW 14,000
- and So on…
Well, the price is a bit above the standard, but do not forget that you eat in the tourist attraction, and this place is in the remote island :p If you are trying to compare with other Halal Food restaurant, this price is not bad. Eating Halal meat in South Korea is a bit pricy though. Anyway, you will not eat this everyday, so I think If you are curious, I suggest to visit once^^
The restaurant ambience was nice. It was clean and large. The interior was also nice and tidy. If you notice, it is connected to the 2nd floor Musholla. You should visit the Musholla! It was very very very nice! It is more spacious than I thought and clean. The facility and the structure is very nice. Nice place to rest your body and mind.
This restaurant above has been nominated as a Muslim Friendly Restaurant by Korea Tourism Organization and the post is written by its support.
More information about Muslim Tourism Map in Korea can be found in the booklet here.
How to Get There:
1, Namisum-gil Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
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Take the Seoul Subway Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station. Take bus no. 33-5 or the Gapyeong City Tour Bus and get off at the Nami Island bus stop. Use the ferry to the island. The entrance fee is KRW 8000.