Just the mere thought of escaping to Taipei has us daydreaming over the endless halal Taiwanese cuisine to try. The famous beef noodle soup may be the first thing you would scribble onto your checklist, but Taiwan’s brightly-lit metropolis is also known for their plethora of seafood and vegetarian dishes. Now, the next time you arrive in Taipei with unfulfilled cravings, consider your lunch and dinner settled at these 8 Muslim-friendly eateries in Taipei!
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1. Really Good Seafood
When you walk into a restaurant with a name as straight-forward as Really Good Seafood, you know what you're getting yourself into. ? True to their name, seafood reigns supreme in their menu. Of course, what sets them apart from other eateries is their separate selection of Muslim-friendly set meals.
Solo diners can nudge the waiter for the nine-course food extravaganza that begins with assorted sashimi, teases with pan-fried scallop in French style, and ends with seasonal fruit and homemade dessert. If you come in a group of ten, bid your hunger pangs goodbye with an extensive eleven-course set meal that starts with steamed prawn with garlic sauce, satiates with grilled lamb chop and crispy chicken, and finishes with fruits and homemade desserts.
Halal status: Muslim-friendly menus are halal-certified by The Chinese Muslim Association
Prices: NT$1,800 (set meal for one) - NT$25,000 (set meals for group of ten)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun; 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM
Address: No. 222, Section 1, Fuxing South Rd, Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Directions: Take the Bannan Line to MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and enjoy a 9-minute walk along Fuxing South Road where the restaurant is located.
2. Dingxian 101
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If the first eatery got you hooked with Taiwanese seafood, Dingxian 101 also presents a selection of not one, but six Muslim-friendly set meals with different price points. No matter where your wallet takes you, every set meal comes with immaculate presentation and rich flavours.
Just sit comfortably and prepare to be wowed by the impressive mains that include Taiwanese oyster omelette, steamed king prawn with garlic, chicken soup with stewed abalone and snow lotus, and simmered golden lobster with basmati rice.
Halal status: Muslim-friendly set menus offered.
Prices: NT$1,980 - NT$2,680 (set meal for one)
Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM
Address: Taipei 101 Building 86F, No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Directions: Take the Bannan Line to MRT Taipei City Hall Station. Walk towards the south side of the MRT station to reach Songgao Road. Then, turn left to find Songzhi Road that is located on your right. You will pass by Songshou Square Park and Taipei 101 before reaching Xinyi Road. The restaurant is located on the left side of Xinyi Road (opposite Taipei City Xinyi District Office). The walk will take approximately 17 minutes.
3. Silks Palace at the National Palace Museum
When your legs are aching from an insightful visit to the National Palace Museum, marveling at the impressive collection of ancient Chinese imperial artworks and artifacts, there is no excuse not to brave the 6-minute walk (10 minutes if you stroll) to Silks Palace.
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Located on the grounds of the National Palace Museum, the smart looking restaurant has received heaps of praises detailing their splendid food presentation and attentive service. A hot favourite with tour groups, Silks Palace is a great place for all to refresh and recharge with a flavourful meal after a day of sightseeing. ?
Halal status: Separate Muslim-friendly menu. Do note that the restaurant also serves pork. We recommend you dine at your own discretion.
Average price: NT$75 - NT$380
Opening hours: Mon-Fri; 11.30AM-4.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM, Sat-Sun; 11AM-4.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM
Address: 221 Chishan Road Section 2, Shilin, Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: +886 2 2882 9393
Directions: Take the Tamsui-Xinyi Line to MRT Shilin Station and hop on a 15-minute taxi ride to the National Palace Museum.
4. Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant
We can’t help but nod in agreement when someone says a trip is incomplete without sampling the well-known Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Pictures alone are enough to conjure cravings that we never knew existed!?
For Muslim-friendly twists of the must-try local delicacy, head over to the Muslim Beef Noodles Restaurant situated within walking distance from MRT Ximen Station. Watch as the cook masterfully decorates the bed of starchy noodles with beef stomach, cow muscles and meat before pouring richly flavoured beef broth over it.
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Average price: NT$70 - NT$170
Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM - 8PM
Address: No. 23, Yanping South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
5. Chang Beef Noodle Soup
If you love having a second alternative, walk over to Chang Beef Noodle Soup restaurant that is located next door to Yanping South Road. Adorned with wooden furniture which gives the restaurant an understated charm, Chang is known for deliciousness in every bowl of noodle soup!
Every bowl of wheat noodles comes with a generous heap of tender beef chunks bathed in savoury beef broth and garnished with a sprinkle of spring onions. To add crunch to every slurp, you can opt for a side of vegetables?
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Average price: NT$70 - NT$170
Opening hours: Open daily; 9AM-7.30PM
Address: No. 21, Yanping South Road. Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan.
6. Toko Sakura
Those who find themselves craving Indonesian cuisine must make a trip to Toko Sakura! It's easy to miss the nondescript eatery especially if you're not paying attention! ? Located on the ground floor of an office building, Toko Sakura restaurant is tucked behind an Indonesian minimart that occupies the front half of the shop space. As humble as it gets, Toko Sakura has a cosy setting, and offers delicious Indonesian food at such incredibly affordable prices.
Do note that the menu is written in Bahasa Indonesia and Chinese, so if you're not familiar with any of these languages, you may want to bust out your translation app? Alternatively, we recommend soto ayam, a flavourful chicken soup which you can have with a side of steaming white rice. If you want to up the spice ante in this relatively mild dish, you can ask for a scoop of sambal (chilli paste)!
#HHWT Tip: You can do your prayers at Taipei Grand Mosque as it is just a hop, skip and jump away! ?
Average price: NT$100 - NT$150
Opening hours: Open daily, 9AM - 9PM
Address: 106, Xinsheng South Rd, No. 78 Da'an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
7. Yunus Halal Restaurant
Can't get enough of Southeast Asian cuisine? Well then, head to Yunus Halal Restaurant, because who can say no to Thai food? (Not me!) This family-friendly restaurant has an extensive menu that includes tom yam soup, steamed seabass, stirfried kangkong and even a humble dessert selection!
And hey, don't worry about missing your prayers either, as there is a designated prayer room in the restaurant. Just ask the staff about it!
Halal status: Muslim-owned
Opening hours: Open daily; 11.30AM-2PM, 5PM-9.30PM
Address: 36 Pei Ning Rd, Taipei City, Taiwan
8. Ice Monster
Saving the best for last, we simply can’t round off our article without throwing a bonus dessert place! Whether it’s a sunny day or gloomy weather, you can also count on Ice Monster to deliver something sweet to please your palate.
A signature dessert that is well-loved by locals and tourists alike, they’re best known for churning sweet shaved iced treats in various flavours. If you’re craving for all things fruity, you may want to order fresh mango, strawberries or pineapple toppings to accompany your sinful dessert. Other flavours such as pearl milk tea, sweet peanut, coffee, and sweet red beans are also part of the yummy alternatives you can enjoy.
Halal status: Halal-certified by the Chinese Muslim Association
Average price: NT$30 - NT$280
Opening hours: Open daily; 10.30AM - 10PM
Address: No. 204, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei
Directions: Take the Bannan Line to MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station and enjoy a 3-minute walk along Zhongxiao East Road to reach the shop.
Infused with rich flavours and delicious ingredients, it’s pretty difficult to resist a hot bowl of beef noodle soup or a pan-fried fresh abalone and assorted sashimi whenever you’re feeling famished. If you find yourself hungry in Taipei, now you know where to go for a memorable dining experience with your family and friends.
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