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.
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 – one – two)
All options: ramen, kimbap, naengmyeon, and bibimbap.
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₩
- 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
- 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)
- 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!
A few of the many popular halal restaurants around that area include:
- 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)