South Korea is not a Muslim country. It is very difficult for Muslim to live here because of the insufficiency of Halal food. However, Statistic tells that the number of Muslim visitor is keep increasing from 2016. Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) tries to attract more Muslim visitors by promoting more Halal Restaurant in the country.
KTO classified the Muslim Friendly Restaurant into four categories, as follows:
By 2019, there are 148 restaurants listed officially by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). I had a chance to visit one of the restaurants. Om Restaurant is Nepal and India restaurant which has several branches in South Korea. This time I tried to visit the one in Mapo. The restaurant provides ala-carte menu and set menu.
Among 4 (four) categories, Om Restaurant is classified as Muslim Friendly category. Which we expect not to see Halal Certified Sign at the menu or entrance, and expect to find some alcohol is sold in the restaurant. But we can still find Halal menu to order. I found Muslim Friendly sticker on the entrance, and some other achievement sticker that promotes this restaurant is safe for Muslim people.
The restaurant claims that most of their menu uses imported meat which is Halal. But be careful they also have non-halal chicken served in the restaurant. I ordered Today’s Lunch Set menu. It includes Half Chicken Tandoori. This tandoori is using the Korean chicken which is not Halal. But they will offer you to replace it with Halal one if you prefer than. Notes that the Halal one is the chicken from Brazil.
- Today’s Lunch Set Menu – KRW 21.000 per person
- Green Salad
- Today’s Soup
- Tandoori Chicken
- Today’s Vegetable Curry
- Today’s Chicken Curry
- Plain Nan
- Indian or Korean Rice
- Plain Lassi or Soft Drink
- Samosa (2pcs) – KRW 5.500
This restaurant has Today’s menu for each day. It is like special menu to be offered. So if you order the menu that contains “Today’s xxxx” in the menu, that may be different for each day. You can check the board near the entrance. Last time I visited, I got potato vegetable curry, massala chicken curry and chicken soup. I think 21.000 is worth for what you will get 🙂
They provide a great space for the tables. They decorate the interior with Nepalese decoration. But they don’t have prayer room inside. However, if you need to pray, you may ask the staff. They will permit you to pray in one of the room. Actually they have a kind of VIP room that is separated from the other tables.
How To Go
서울특별시 마포구 마포대로 73 SK허브그린 201호
Seoul Mapo-gu, Mapodae-ro73 SK Herb Green 2nd Floor
Take subway line 5 and get off at Gongdeok Station. Go out from Exit 1 and cross the street and walk straight until find the SK Hub Green building.
This restaurant above has been nominated as a Muslim Friendly Restaurant by Korea Tourism Organization and the post is written by its support.