Being a Muslim, whenever I have to travel, one of the most important things I have to do is finding halal food in the country that I'm visiting. Recently I had the chance to visit Thailand and despite the popular belief that halal food is difficult to come across, I was able to eat halal throughout my complete trip.
In major citites like Bangkok and Phuket, most people are aware of the concept of halal food. Also, I was amazed to find out that a few hotels serve halal breakfast as well. Nonetheless, you can't simply barge into any place expecting it to be serving halal so here are a few tips for eating halal in Thailand.
Thai Fruit Tastes Great
Eating fruit is one of the easiest and healthiest ways of staying halal in Thailand. Not only is fruit cheap and fresh but it's also very tasty and quite abundantly available. Work it to your advantage and whenever you need a snack, go for fruits. Some of the fruits that you must try while you're in Thailand are:
7Eleven Is Your Friend
Another option that you have for eating halal in Thailand is off-the shelf food products. This is not the healthiest of options but still would get you through your tough time of hunger when nothing else is available. Some of the foods that are readily available (with halal logo) are:
- Pringles (can)
- Oreos & Mini-Oreos
- Dew Berry
Plan Your Meals Beforehand
This is another neat trick to have up your sleeve. Since you can't simply sit down anywhere to eat, a little planning goes a long way.
You can either research halal restaurants online and plan your trip routes accordingly or you can also do what I used to do. On my way to any destination, I kept my eyes open for halal restaurants so that on my way back I could grab a quick bite to eat.
Ask Before You Dine
From my experience, in Thailand, most of international food chains don't have the halal certification because they don't serve halal all over the country. In cities like Phuket and Bangkok, you'd notice that most people understand what halal is and many outlets of famous food chains serve halal chicken. So before you dine, feel free to ask them if that particular outlet serves halal food and they should happily guide you. At places like coffee shops or ice cream parlors, you can ask them and they do happily show you their milk or cream packagings as well.
Some of the famous food chains where I found halal food, are:
- Carl's Jr.
- Dairy Queen
So those are the 4 major tips that helped me stay halal while I was in Thailand, I hope they help you too. Incase you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, feel free to do so in comments below.