Halal Food Survival Guide for Muslim Students

For Muslim students studying abroad in Korea, it may be very difficult to find halal dishes. In South Korea, there is a tendency for meat dishes to be prepared with alcohol, which may make it even tougher. But don’t fret! There are many more options than most people expect, and these options will be given to you in this guide.

Near-Campus Recommendations

Preferences for food can differ for everyone while abroad, some may prefer eating meats while others may prefer having a vegetarian-only diet. It may seem difficult to find Korean dishes without pork or any meat at all, but this post can reassure that you won’t be stuck having to enjoying the same dish your entire semester here.

There are many Korean dishes that have been recommended by past Muslim students, and these dishes can typically be found around campus by walking:

Meat options: fried chicken, dakgalbi (spicy-stir fried chicken), bulgogi, and seafood.
Vegetarian options: tteokbokki (refer to past posts – onetwo)
All options: ramen, kimbap, naengmyeon, and bibimbap.

dalkkalbi

Dakgalbi

tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

naengmyeon

Naengmyeon

Here are a few places near the university that you might enjoy!

초원떡볶이 (Chowon Tteokbboki)

  • 183-1 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Spicy stir-fried rice cake (no meat)
  • Good for a snack
  • Relatively cheap

육쌈냉면 중앙대점 (Yukssam Naengmyeon)

  • 223-56 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Cold noodles (with meat as a side dish)
  • Good for lunch and dinner
  • 5,000₩ – 10,000₩

김가네중앙대점 (Gimganae)

  • 223-9 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Many kimbap options (vegetarian, seafood, and meat)
  • Good for lunch, dinner, or a snack
  • 5,000₩ – 10,000₩ per dish

오마이치킨 (Oh My Chicken)

  • 225-15 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Fried chicken
  • Quick snack with option for takeaway
  • Contact number: 02-814-3834

Real Fry

  • 180-4, Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Fried chicken
  • Good for dinner or a late-night snack
  • 10,000₩ – 20,000₩
  • Open from 15:00-02:00 (3PM to 2AM)

Premium Jjimdak

  • Located on the second floor of the building right across the front gate of CAU, you will see the sign saying “Premium Jjimdak”
  • Spicy-stir fried chicken
  • Good for groups
  • Various options, including even spicier chicken or cheese!
  • Open from 10:00-22:00 (10AM to 10PM)
  • 10,000₩ – 20,000₩ per person

Haelang (Seafood/Sushi Restaurant)

  • 180-6 Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
  • Sushi/seafood restaurant
  • Good for groups
  • A bit pricey, 15,000₩ – 25,000₩

To confirm that any restaurant is serving dishes that pertain to you, you can ask the restaurant about the dishes. This post gives a list of phrases that could come in handy!

Off-Campus Recommendations in Seoul

Finally, one of the key things that one must do while studying abroad is travel. Seoul is a beautiful city with very quick and reliable transportation. This makes it easy to travel and tour around the city to experience different places.

For many, one of the must-visit places in Seoul is Itaewon. Itaewon just so happens to be an area in Seoul with many halal restaurants, with most of them located on a street called Muslim Street (also known as the “home of halal food in Seoul”). It even has a mosque!

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Seoul Central Mosque in Itaewon

A few of the many popular halal restaurants around that area include:

EID Halal

  • 67 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Opening time: Tuesday – Sunday from 11:30-21:00 (11:30AM-9PM)
  • Closed on Mondays

The Halal Guys

  • Seoul, Yongsan-gu, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Itaewon-ro, 187 이태원역 2번출구
  • Opening time: Sunday – Thursday from 11:00-22:00 (11:00AM – 10PM), Friday and Saturday from 11:00-4:00 (11AM – 4AM)

Makan Halal Restaurant

  • 52 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Opening time: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday from 10:30-22:00 (10:30AM-10PM)
  • Closed on Tuesdays

Itaewon Halal Pizza

  • 28 Usadan-ro 10-gil, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Opening time: Monday and Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday from 11:00 – 1:00 (11AM-1AM)
  • Closed on Wednesdays

Foreign Food Mart

  • 37-8 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Opening time: Monday – Sunday from 10:00-24:00 (10AM – 12AM)

Hopefully with this information, you can comfortably enjoy your time in Seoul!

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