Now Japan is quite friendly to Muslim tourists. Even some public places such as airports also have prayer rooms for those who want to pray.
But most importantly, you can still taste ramen, sushi, and other authentic foods without having to worry about things! Duh, I’m the same as Japanese food, the Japanese are submissive!
These are some of the places I tried when I was in Tokyo. It’s just a little, I’ll update slowly, okay? Enjoy!
1. Naritaya Halal Ramen Shop, Asakusa.
Ramen is a noodle that has been worldwide. Thanks to Naruto and his friends. Unfortunately, the original ramen must have pork broth. For those whose diet is halal or vegetarian, of course, you can’t try it.
One of the places to eat halal ramen is Naritaya. It is located near Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa. If you enter from the main gate, it is at the intersection on the left after passing through a long line of shops (nakamise).
The menu is not much. There is Ramen, special ramen, and some snacks such as karaage (small pieces of fried chicken). The ramen soup is a clear chicken broth without milk. You can also ask for additional toppings such as eggs and bamboo shots. There is also a small prayer room here for those who want to pray.
It’s located here if you’re from Sensoji Temple
Shop front view
Menu Naritaya Halal Ramen
I came here in winter. It feels amazing on a snowy night eating here. I want to cry when the warm broth with this chewy noodle goes down my throat. Understandably, I was tacky the first time I was hit by a temperature below minus zero degrees Celsius.
The service is fast and the price is not too expensive (in the range of 700-1500 yen per portion). I highly recommend.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday (10am – 10pm), Saturday-Sunday (10am-9pm)
2. Halal Ramen Ouka, Shinjuku
This restaurant is more fancy than Nariyata. The price is a little more expensive. The taste of the noodles is thicker and the sauce is softer. The portions are huge! When my noodles were finished and the gravy was still there, I was given a bowl of rice for my ‘friend’ to finish the gravy! :)) *failed diet*.
Ouka is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo’s business center. But he is in a residential area. Near a school similar to Doraemon and a pretty pretty park.
Opening hours are from 2 pm to 10 pm on Monday-Thursday, for Friday the shop is closed, and 12.30 – 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Price range around 1200-3000 yen
3. Sushiken Asakusa
Sushi is usually from the fish family, it should only be halal to eat right? But sometimes what makes it non-halal is a mixture of rice vinegar or mirin on the rice. You don’t have to worry at Asakusa Sushiken, this is the first halal-certified sushi restaurant in Tokyo.
I think the sushi here is delicious. And other people have said who have tried sushi elsewhere, the sushi here is not much different from what you usually find in other restaurants. Even though the ingredients have been substituted with halal ones.
Address: Tōkyō, Taitō-ku, Asakusa 2-11-4
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 12:00 – 14:00 (lunch), 17:00 – 24:00 (dinner)
Sundays and holidays, 11:30 – 15:00 (lunch), 17:00 – 22:00 (dinner)
Price range: 1300 – 5000 yen.
4. Saray Kebab, Asakusa
Since I lived in Asakusa when I was in Tokyo, I explored this area a lot. Especially the food. For a quick bite, this kebab at Nishiasakusa can be an option if you’re bored with Japanese food. It’s still in Nishiasakusa, not far from Sushiken Asakusa.
5. *Other places will be updated later if you go to Japan again 🙂
Tips for eating halal and frugal in Japan
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Food prices in Japan are quite expensive when compared to Jakarta. For us tourists who want to go there, here are some tips.
- Cook. If by chance we stay in a hostel/apartment that has a kitchen, this is our chance to save money. Of course, not every meal we cook. Maybe for breakfast or dinner. For halal meat, there is a shop if we want to look for it.
- Shopping at the supermarket at night. Supermarkets in Japan when they close, there will be a lot of discounted items. Mainly fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Can be up to 50 percent! This is our chance to save money, hehe.
- Eat in the restaurant during the day. In Japan, dinner is always more expensive than lunch. Even on the same menu! So if you want to taste culinary delights at your favorite places to eat, try coming for lunch.
- Pay attention to the ingredients. If it’s not from a halal-certified restaurant, try to pay attention to the type of food and ingredients. For example, Soba, cold noodles with soy sauce, uses fish stock (dashi) and seaweed. It should be safe to eat. Also tempura, sashimi, sushi. The thing to be careful about is the sauce. Sometimes there is mixed with sake for flavoring. If in doubt, try asking the seller.
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