Japan is known widely for its food and cuisines, but for our Muslim brothers and sisters who need to be careful with what they eat, it’s hard to enjoy a bowl of Japanese ramen without the security that it is halal-certified.
So to help our Muslim friends traveling to the land of the rising sun, here are 5 Halal-certified restaurants in Tokyo that you can enjoy dining in:
1. Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka
Located just a few minutes’ walk away from Shinjuku station, Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka is one of the few ramen eateries in Japan that is Muslim-owned, so you can be sure that the food here is Halal-friendly.
Like other ramen houses, servings of ramen here come in large bowls. But what’s unique about Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka is the additional chicken, yakitori, and rice that comes along with the meal set.
They’re open daily (Monday-Sunday) so if you’re up to the challenge of eating here, make sure to reserve at least one day before coming.
2. Honolu Ebisu
Halal certified by the Malaysia Halal Corporation, our Muslims brothers and sisters can freely dine at Honolu Ebisu guilt-free.
Honolu Ebisu serves many different kinds of chicken ramen. Some of their halal-friendly Ramen dishes include Spicy ramen and Fried Chicken ramen which is a unique twist to the traditional Japanese ramen.
They also serve halal-friendly gyoza and takoyaki, with the plans of expanding their Halal-friendly menu. They are open daily for lunch and dinner and have branches in Tokyo and Osaka
3. CoCo Ichibanya
If you’re looking for some Halal-friendly Japanese curry, CoCo Ichibanya branches in Akihabara and Shinjuku serve some halal-certified curry.
CoCo Ichinbanya is popular for its customizable curry dishes, which has become a local favorite. In order to cater to Muslim patrons, they decided to open a halal-friendly menu and got their Halal-Certification from the Nippon Asia Halal Association.
Their halal-friendly menu has chicken, vegetable, and seafood curry, and you can also choose the amount of rice and the level of spice of your curry. They’re open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.
4. Yakiniku Panga
For some authentic and halal-friendly Wagyu, Yakiniku Panga in Asakusa is the place to go to.
The famous Japanese Wagyu is an international favorite and is one of the more expensive beef cuts, so going to Japan and not having a taste of authentic wagyu is a truly missed opportunity for any food lover.
At Yakiniku Panga, you can enjoy grilling your own Wagyu with friends on a griller at the center of your table. And you can be sure that their meat is Halal-friendly since they got their halal certification from the Japan Halal Foundation.
They are open from Monday to Saturday, with shortened time on Sundays.
5. Ayam-YA Okachimachi
For a good, halal-friendly bowl of tsukemen, Ayam-YA Okachimachi in Taito, Tokyo is your go-to restaurant.
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Ayam-Ya Okachimachi serves, ramen, tsukemen, tempura, and rice bowls that are Halal-certified by Malaysia Halal Corporation. You can also enjoy some spicy bowl of ramen if you’re feeling a little chilly.
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