Last Updated on 12-30-2023

Did you know that Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity? The Muslim population of the world is over 1.6 billion, or about a quarter of the world’s population. As the Muslim population grows, the demand for Halal-certificated goods and food is also increasing rapidly. This article will take you to know what Halal certificate is, and introduce Halal certificate and Halal restaurants in Taiwan.

What is Halal Certification?

Halal certification is derived from Islamic law, for Muslims to consume or touch the body in daily life, the products must be permissible or acceptable in accordance with Islamic law. Halal-certified products are available not only in Muslim countries, but also in non-Muslim countries.

8 Principles of Halal Certification

Halal certified products from production to export to other countries need to comply with 8 principles to ensure that these Halal certified products are not contaminated

  1. It must NOT contain any pig ingredients.
  2. It must NOT contain any ingredients of sharp-toothed animals.
  3. It must NOT contain blood.
  4. It must NOT contain amphibian or reptile ingredients.
  5. It must NOT contain alcohol.
  6. It must have a dedicated production line and must NOT be shared with other products that do NOT meet Halal certification.
  7. If there is meat, it must be handled with special utensils and with chanting, and must NOT be used from diseased, old, or handicapped sources.
  8. When transporting or storing, we must have a dedicated space and must NOT store with non-halal certified products.
Source: The Federation of Islamic Associations

The essence of halal certificate is to protect the rights of Muslims, and the halal certificates of each Muslim country will be different. Next we will introduce the Halal certification in Taiwan.

Halal certificate in Taiwan

3 Halal Certified Units in Taiwan

  • Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association(THIDA)
  • Taipei Grand Mosque
  • Chinese Muslim Association

These four Halal certification organizations are committed to promoting Halal certification so that Taiwanese manufacturers can meet strict regulations and ensure that Muslims receive good products and services. Not only are the Halal certified products available in Taiwan, but there are also some well-known Halal restaurants.

The top 7 Halal restaurant in Taiwan recommend

There are more and more Halal-certified restaurants in Taiwan where Muslims can enjoy food with no worries. Nowadays, there are three types of Halal restaurants in Taiwan, which are MR (muslim restaurant), MFR (muslim friendly restaurant), HK (halal kitchen), and here are the top 7 Halal restaurants you can try in Taiwan.

Mayur’s Indian Kitchen(馬友友印度廚房)

mayur indian kitchen
Source: Mayur Indian kitchen FB page

Mayur’s Indian Kitchen is named after a chef from India. When he opened this Indian restaurant, it was loved by many gourmands in a short time. As we all know, the soul of Indian cuisine is its many complex but fascinating spices. “A good Indian chef must be able to understand the properties of various spices and herbs in order to use them accurately to blend different ingredients,” said Mayur himself. You can enjoy many authentic Indian dishes here, and if you have special needs, the kitchen can also help you customize your meal. There are many branches of Mayur’s Indian Kitchen (MIK-2), and many people recommend the one on Minsheng East Road.

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 103, Section 3, Minsheng E Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
  • Price range: Roughly between 300~600 NTD
the dishes of mayur indian kitchen
Source: Mayur Indian kitchen FB page

Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant(番紅花城土耳其餐廳)

Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant
Source: Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant FB page

Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant is the first Turkish cuisine restaurant in Taiwan, specializing in authentic Turkish cuisine. Although Turkish cuisine is less famous, it is one of the three major cuisines along with Chinese cuisine and French cuisine. And Turkish cuisine is also known as Halal cuisine. Even if you can’t travel to Turkey, this restaurant can make you feel like you are in Turkey, and you can’t miss this restaurant if you want to try Turkish cuisine.

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 60, Section 2, Nanjing E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
  • Price range: Roughly between 300~600 NTD
the dishes of Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant
Source: Safranbolu Turkish Restaurant FB page

Chang Beef Noodle Shop (張家清真黃牛肉麵館)

Chang Beef Noodle Shop
Source: Chang Beef Noodle Shop FB page

This restaurant has been opened in Taiwan for more than 50 years and is a very authentic Taiwanese beef noodle restaurant. Because of the Halal certification rules against eating food containing blood, the beef used at Chang Beef Noodle Shop is specially selected and processed, which makes their beef taste better. If you like Taiwanese beef noodles, you must not miss it!

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 21, Yanping S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
  • Price range: Roughly between 100~200 NTD
the dishes of Chang Beef Noodle Shop
Source: MiNe

Halal(清真 泰式廚房)

Source: Halal FB page

Halal is located in New Taipei City, the restaurant is owned by sisters, and the older sister is the chef herself. She has over 20 years of experience in Thai cuisine in Taiwan and has also traveled to Thailand to learn Thai cuisine from local chefs. This makes the restaurant’s cuisine full of authentic Thai flavors. If you like the sour and spicy style of Thai cuisine, you are highly recommended to try this restaurant!

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 92, Zhongxing St, Yonghe District, New Taipei City, 234
  • Price range: Roughly between 100~300 NTD
the dishes of Halal
Source: Halal FB page

Moiz Ali(真愛咖哩,巴基斯坦廚房)

Moiz Ali
Source: Moiz Ali FB Page

The owner of Moiz Ali is a Pakistani, married with a Taiwanese woman and opened this restaurant, This restaurant was certified Halal in 2020 and is the first Halal certified restaurant in Keelung, Moiz Ali has many exotic dishes, and their curry has a unique recipe, if you like to eat Middle Eastern style curry, you should not miss this restaurant in Keelung!

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 25, Xinsan Rd, Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, 202
  • Price range: Roughly between 100~500 NTD
the dishes of Moiz Ali
Source: Moiz Ali FB Page

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant(安拿朵利亞土耳其餐廳)

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
Source: Anatolia Turkish Restaurant FB page

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant is a famous Turkish restaurant in Taichung, it is also one of the few Halal restaurants in Taichung at present. The main dishes of this restaurant are pide (Turkish pizza) and lamb rolls. If you’re in Taichung and want to eat Halal certified food with no worries, Anatolia Turkish Restaurant is the good choice for you!

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 150, Jingcheng Rd, West District, Taichung City, 403
  • Price range: Roughly between 250~400 NTD
the dishes of Anatolia Turkish Restaurant
Source: Anatolia Turkish Restaurant FB page

Chen lili halal restaurant(陳莉莉印尼美食館)

Chen lili halal restaurant
Source: Chen lili halal restaurant FB page

This halal restaurant is located in Kaohsiung, the owner was originally an Indonesian caretaker, but after she officially got married in Taiwan, she had many friends around her who said they missed Indonesian cuisine.The owner, who has won many awards in culinary competitions, opened this popular Indonesian halal restaurant after a joint venture with two other friends. If you come to Kaohsiung, you can come to this restaurant and feel the passion of the owner and the delicious halal food.

  • Halal Certification Status:MR
  • Address: No. 276, Wufu 4th Rd, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, 803
  • Price range: Roughly between 200~400 NTD
the dishes of Chen lili halal restaurant
Source: Chen lili halal restaurant FB page

In addition to these restaurants, Taiwan actually has more than just halal restaurants, there are also many more Muslim-friendly hotels in Taiwan, you can rent a car or take the high-speed rail to visit different cities to explore the people and things that welcome Muslims!

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