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Food often is one of the main concerns while traveling abroad. Muslims, who practice a Halal food diet, are forbidden to eat pork and are forbidden to eat animals that have not been slaughtered in a certain way. Generally speaking, the practice of the Halal diet is strict. Yet, looking for Halal food in Taiwan is not a problem, as Taiwan is often described as one of the most Muslim Friendly places in Asia. Taiwan is famous for its friendly people, fantastic food, and breathtaking landscapes. Attracting more and more foreigners from all over the world, Taiwan has become a land of diversity. As a welcoming tourist destination, the Taiwanese government has paid attention to making Taiwan a friendly place for people with different religious, including Muslims. Myproguide has all the information you need to know below.
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What makes Taiwan a Muslim friendly travel destination?
I. Mosques Can Be Found In The City
There are some Mosques located across the country. In the capital city of Taiwan, Taipei, you can find the Taipei Grand Mosque (台北清真寺) and the Taipei Cultural Mosque (台北文化清真寺). Heading a bit to the middle and the south part of Taiwan, there are mosques in Taichung (台中清真寺), in Kaohsiung (台南清真寺) and Tainan(台南清真寺).
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II. The Muslim-Friendly Hotel Facilities Are Growing Rapidly
With the increased number of Muslim travelers, more and more hotels have started to pay attention to the needs of Muslim tourists. Providing prayer rooms, toilets, and ablutions with water sprayers. In some hotels, they also offer some copies of the Quran in hotel rooms. Check the facilities on their websites before booking. Currently, Muslim friendly hotels are in major cities like Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.
III. Plenty Halal Restaurants Throughout the Island
Taiwan is famous for its food culture and its diverse cuisine, and well-deserved reputation of “food paradise.” All kinds of cuisines can be found in Taiwan, vegetarian, vegan, and Halal food is no exception. There are many Halal restaurants or with Halal certification. MyProGuide is taking you on a Halal food tour. Focusing mainly on the big cities in Taiwan, we start from the capital of Taiwan, Taipei, then heading to the second and the third biggest city, Kaohsiung and Taichung.
Halal restaurant in Taipei
1. Taiwan Halal Hui Restaurant (回回私家菜)
The owner is originally from China, she married and moved to Taiwan, she had a problem looking for Halal food as a Muslim herself when she first came to Taiwan. After efforts and hard work, she and her husband started their own Halal restaurant in Taipei. Taiwan Halal Hui restaurant is famous for its lamb cuisine, which makes their flavorful cumin lamb skewers one of their signature dishes. MyProGuide recommends calf with prune, as prune is a Hakkien Taiwanese ingredient, it’s a twist on Halal food with some Taiwanese flavor!
Address: No. 9, Aly. 51, Ln. 12, Sec. 3, Bade Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City
2. Tajin Moroccan Cuisine (塔吉摩洛哥料理)
With a Moroccan chandelier and Arabic decoration, Tajin Moroccan Cuisine is where you enjoy not only authentic Moroccan food but also a cozy atmosphere. Tajin is a kind of Moroccan small porcelain pot that reserve all the flavorful taste of ingredients that are cooked.
Address: No. 3, Ln. 144, Sec. 2, Xinhai Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City
3. Chang Beef Noodle Shop(張家清真黃牛肉麵館)
As travelers to Taiwan might already know, when it comes to Taiwanese cuisine, beef noodle is a must eat. Taiwanese beef noodles soup comes mostly with two flavors: braised and stew. Some people enjoy the braised soup that is strong, thick, flavor which also comes in a hint of spice. Some enjoy stew with a fresh, simple yet subtle taste of the soup. With a history of 6o years, the Chan Beef noodle shop enjoyed a high reputation. Apart from their tasty beef noodles, remember to order some the beef dumplings and crispy pop stickers, flaky scallion pancake too. As most typical Taiwanese cuisine as dumplings and pop stickers, here is where you enjoy Taiwanese cuisine with Halal meat at the same time.
Address: No. 21, Yanping S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
4. Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant (清真中國牛肉麵食館)
Featuring also braised and stew beef noodles, Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant is a Michelin recommended restaurant. However, apart from beef noodles, the restaurant offers classic stir fry dishes such as Fried shrimp ball with pineapple, and beefsteak served on an iron plate. Tip: Go with more people if you feel like trying out the tasty stir fry dishes, the more people you go with means more meals would be ordered, the more dishes you could sample!
Address: No.1, Alley 7, Lane 137, Yanji Street, Da’an Dist., Taipei City 110
5. Gusto Pizza
Often said to be one of the best authentic European style pizzas in Taipei, Gusto pizza surely deserves their name. Located in the city center with a two-minute walk from Dongmen Metro station, the pizza place is quite tiny but cozy with a charming atmosphere and friendly staff. The pizza is often sold out already around seven to eight, call before to save a pizza night for yourself. With a Halal certification, feel secure while digging into one of the most recommended pizzas, barbecue chicken.
Address: No 74, Lianyun Street, Zhongzheng Dist, Taipei City, Taiwan
Halal restaurant in Kaohsiung
1. Chen Lili Halal Restaurant (陳莉莉印尼美食)
The restaurant is named after the owner, Chen Lili, who has won many culinary awards. Located in the old city of Kaohsiung, Chen Lili Halal Restaurant is where you find traditional Indonesian cuisine. Featuring Indonesian Satay barbeque skewer, flavorful curry and heart-warming soup, the wide variety of choices will satisfy everyone.
Address: No. 276, Wufu 4th Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City
2. Pamukkale (棉花堡土耳其料理餐廳)
With an exquisite Turkish decoration, the restaurant has a relaxed vibe and relaxing atmosphere. The kiln and the spices are all originally imported from Turkey, which will assure an authentic Turkish dining experience.
Address: No. 276, Wufu 4th Rd., Yancheng Dist., Kaohsiung City 3.
Halal Restaurant in Taichung
1. Qingzhen Eden Yuan (清真恩德元餃子館)
Taiwanese love hot pot, it is often the food at reunion occasions when people sit in a big round table and enjoy the meal together. It would a fun dining experience! The beef hot pot is the featuring dish at Qingzhen Eden yuan, but don’t forget to order beef and lamb dumplings there.
Address: No. 200, Sec. 1, Wenxin Rd., Nantun Dist., Taichung
2. Qingzhen Guan (清真館)
Popular among the locals, it’s a small restaurant hidden in an alley of a night market without any English signs. The seats in the restaurant are mostly round for groups. At Qingzhen Guan, you will be enjoying all sorts of beef or lamb dishes, such as dumplings, fried noodles, and pop stickers. Also, the hot pot is a popular heartwarming choice to share with your friends or family! Order a mouthwatering lamb with pickled cabbage hot pot to enjoy typical Taiwanese dining.
Address: No. 12, Ln. 165, Zhongxiao Rd., South Dist., Taichung City
According to research, the Muslims in Taiwan has increased more than 20,000, including both Taiwanese and foreigners. The popularity has been growing, and this makes the Taiwanese government put efforts on creating a Muslim-friendly environment. Whether you are on a Halal food diet or not, the Halal food in Taiwan it often contains a Taiwanese twist, or it can be local Taiwanese cuisine. Which it also gives people who are on Halal food diet a chance to taste the local cuisine!