With vibrant cities and beautiful nature, Taiwan has a lot to offer. But among Asian tourists, Taiwan is especially popular for its food. However, Muslim visitors maybe worried about where to find halal food, seeing that Taiwan is not exactly known for its major Muslim population.
But did you know that Taiwan ranks consistently in top 10 among non-OIC (Organisation of Islamic Corporation) Muslim-friendly travel countries? This means that Taiwan is one of the most Muslim-friendly destinations compared to other non-Islamic countries.
Furthermore, the Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THID) and the Chinese Muslim Association are working to provide businesses with halal certifications, making travelling in Taiwan enjoyable for Muslims.
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There are a variety of halal restaurants in Taipei, but here are some of our favourites. We’ve also included the Chinese spellings so you can use them to find the restaurants on the map or show them to a local when asking for directions.
1. Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop
Many consider beef noodles as Taiwan’s most favourite dish, so it’s definitely a must-have! But as Muslims, concerns include whether the cattle was slaughtered in accordance to halal practices, or whether the vendors add lard to the dish. Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop is halal certified, so you can have your bowl of noodles without a worry in the world.
Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop 張家清真黃牛肉麵館
Address: 21, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8pm
2. Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant
A stone’s throw away from Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop is another go-to restaurant for Taiwan’s famous beef noodles, Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant. Apparently, this restaurant was once named as one of Taipei’s top 10 beef noodle soup shops. Don’t forget to try guo qiao (crossing bridge) beef noodle soup and jian bing (Chinese crepes).
Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant 清真黃牛肉麵館
Address: 23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8pm
3. Fried Chicken Master
Evident by the countless stalls around the country, fried chicken is another must-have in Taiwan. Luckily for Muslims, Fried Chicken Master serves a halal version of the beloved snack. So you, too, can walk around Taipei’s famous night markets while munching on your perfectly-fried chooks!
Fried Chicken Master 炸鷄大獅北市公館店
Address: 158, Section 3, Tingzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-10.30pm
4. Hui Guan
Hui Guan is named after the Hui people, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group in China. True to its name, this Muslim-owned establishment serves specialties from China’s autonomous region of Ningxia, such as stir-fried meat with cumin served with flatbread, Ningxia-style boiled lamb, and braised chicken with eggplant.
Hui Guan 回館 or Taiwan Halal Hui restaurant 回回私家菜–原回館西北麵食
Address: 9, Alley 51, Lane 12, Section 3, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10559
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
5. Tai Xiang Yun Halal Bismilla Restaurant
Our Chinese friends back in Malaysia and Singapore would call this establishment a tze char, an establishment that sells a selection of home cooking-style dishes. Tai Xiang Yun serves a plethora of Chinese and Thai dishes like fried rice, spring rolls, stir-fried kailan, black pepper chicken, seafood tom yum, and sea bass in lemon sauce.
Tai Xiang Yun Halal Bismilla Restaurant 泰鄉雲
Address: No. 40, Beining Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.pm-9.30pm
6. Really Good Seafood
Every Muslim knows that seafood restaurants are the go-to options when travelling in a non-Islamic country. The good thing about Really Good Seafood is that they set aside a halal menu for Muslim guests, so the only thing left for you to worry about is how many scallops and abalones to choose from the fresh seafood selection.
Really Good Seafood (真的好海鮮餐廳)
Address: No. 222, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-9pm
7. Ding Xian 101
Since you are going to the iconic Taipei 101, why not dine here as well? Occupying the tower’s the entire 86th floor, Ding Xian 101 also provides halal options for their Muslim patrons. Delicious food and unbeatable views, what’s not to like?
頂鮮台北店 DingXian Taipei
Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District Taipei City, Taiwan
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
8. Mayur Indian Kitchen
Who knew you could find a good Indian restaurant in Taipei? But this halal Indian restaurant chain really does serve delicious north and south Indian fare including chicken tikka masala, palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), kadi pakoda (onion fritters in creamy sauce) and a wide selection of curries and rotis.
Mayur Indian Kitchen (馬友友印度廚房)
Address: No. 38, Section 1, Xinsheng North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Opening Hours: 11.30am-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm
9. Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant
From India, our halal trip continues to Turkey. At Safranbolu, you have the chance to taste all the Turkish specialties like hummus (mashed beans), ezme (crushed tomato salad), and kebab (grilled meat). Don’t forget to order your pot of Turkish coffee to wash your meal down.
Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant (番紅花城土耳其餐廳)
Address: No. 60, Section 2, Nanjing East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm
10. Sate House
If you’re a Southeast Asian looking for something closer to home, there’s also a number of Indonesian restaurants in Taipei. Sate House is one of them, offering familiar dishes like beef satay, beef rendang (slow-cooked beef stew) and nasi goreng (fried rice).
Sate House 磐石坊
Address: No. 15, Leli Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
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