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Gastronomical Ho Chi Minh City

Get the best out of Ho Chi Minh City as Muslim Friendly Indochina Blog Contest Winners – Wan Hassan Wan Ismail and Azatulsheeda Mohd Azman highlight the best places to eat halal food and visit Islamic structures! 

Images: Wan Hassan Wan IsmailAzatulsheeda Mohd Azman and AirAsia.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Halal Trail

By  Wan Hassan Wan Ismail 

For Muslim travellers, traipsing around Ho Chi Minh City is a wonderful experience when you are equipped with sufficient information. I personally hope that this little information and guide I’m offering will enhance your experience when you visit the amazing city, with quick details on mosques and halal restaurants in the city. Since the number of Muslims in Vietnam is only a handful, it’s best to have this information at hand.

     There are quite a few mosques around the city, such as in Cholon, Nguyen Van Troi and of course, the popular Grand Mosque.

     The Grand Mosque is grand indeed, and it is about 40 years old. Located at Dong Du Street between Dong Khoi Street and Ba Trung Street, the mosque has many staircases in its vicinity, and you’ll recognize its familiar Indian-inspired designs. Coming from the market, you’ll have to head along Le Loi Avenue, turn right to Dong Khoi when you see the theater, and then turn left and look for Sheraton Hotel. The mosque is located next to the hotel.

Grand Mosque – One of the many mosques in Ho Chi Minh City

     If you crave for some delicious halal cuisine, you don’t have to go far as there is a delightful canteen located right behind the mosque. With delectable food suited for Muslims, you can feast your appetite whilst saving your Vietnamese đong as the price is reasonable and much cheaper than the restaurants. The address is Quan Com Cary An Do Hoi Giau, Halal the Mosque, 66, Dong Du Street.

     If you’re craving for more choices for the halal appetite, you can also hop on over to the opposite of the Grand Mosque. There you’ll find a great place for great grubs called Halal@Saigon. Managed by a Malaysian lady with great passion for culinary cuisines, she and her 25 workers will make sure this will be gastronomical journey not to be missed. In fact, it is one of the few restaurants in the city with an official halal certificate from the local authorities. A simple nasi lemak with chicken, fried egg, rendang, anchovies and kangkung will cost you VD100,000 per plate. Slightly pricey but simply delicious!

Head on over to Halal@Saigon opposite the mosque! Inside, prepare to crave for the sumptuous taste of home with delicious nasi lemak.

 

Nasi Lemak from Halal@Saigon

     A street away on Thi Sach Street, near the Four Seasons, you’ll spot another great haunt for halal cuisine by the name of Kedai Makan Melayu. It’s definitely popular judging by the huge group of customers and frequenters, so it’s best to book early for your seats or patiently wait for your turn to get a table.

Your chance to taste authentic Malay Food in Ho Chi Minh is located at Kedai Makan Melayu

     Here’s another personal recommendation of mine – if you’re staying in the hotels around Ben Thanh Market, then make sure you make a trip to VN Halal Restaurant. Located just 100 metres south of Pham Hong Thai Street, the restaurant offers yummy dishes that’ll satisfy every craving with an official halal status.

     Ho Chi Minh City boasts up to 35 (or more) halal restaurants with plenty of choices to go around. I hope you’ll have a great time exploring the many halal haunts and mosques in the enchanting city.

     Happy travelling!

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)
4 x DAILY

 

Flight No

From

To

Depart

Arrive

AK0880

KUL

SGN

07:05

08:05

AK0866

KUL

SGN

12:00

12:55

AK0882

KUL

SGN

14:55

15:50

AK0884

KUL

SGN

19:40

20:40

* Departure and arrival times are according to local time zones.


My Footprints in Halal Saigon

By Azatulsheeda Mohd Azman

I’m not a fan of big cities but I was quite impressed with Saigon @ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. There were some interesting things to do, and the city is very walkable with easy-to-cross streets. You can also expect many good restaurants with decent prices. The people of Vietnam are very nice and helpful. Overall, I found it a nice place to spend a few days out exploring the city.

     For Muslim travellers, this little information that I am going to share may hopefully help you find these services with no hassle when you visit the beautiful Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It is about mosques and halal restaurants. Since there are a fair number of Muslims in Vietnam, certainly these services are important to the Muslim visitors. 

     There are a few mosques in Ho Chi Minh City. This includes the one in Cholon, a mosque along Nguyen Van Troi Street and of course the Central Mosque.  The Central Mosque is located at Dong Du Street in Ho Chi Minh City. Dong Du Street is located between Dong Khoi and Ba Trung Streets. It is about one kilometre (to the north) from Ben Thanh Market. This popular mosque is usually crowded on Fridays, and it’s the perfect place to go and understand more about the Muslim culture in Ho Chi Minh.

     Opposite the mosque, there are a few restaurants offering halal food. One of the restaurants is by the name of Halal@Saigon.The restaurant is managed by a Malaysian lady who runs the restaurant with much passion and vigour. This is one of the restaurants in the city which has the halal certificate from local authorities.

  

     Another restaurant which offers Malaysian food (Malay food) is the Four Seasons. It is located on Thi Sach Street, a street away from Dong Du Street. For travellers to Ho Chi Minh City, these restaurants serve good food and its location is accessible and strategic. If you want to taste Vietnam’s famous Pho, there is a Pho shop chain with the name of Pho 24. Look for the Vegetarian Pho; Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with a rich broth and loads of vegetables that will definitely make your trip!

Halal Food in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

  1. Akbar Ali, 240 Bui Vien Street, District 1
  2. Alibaba, 43 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1
  3. Baba’s Kitchen, 164 Bui Vien, District 1 – My favourite!!! (Meat is halal)
  4. Bombay Restaurant, 59 Dong Du, District 1 (Meat is halal)
  5. Casablanca Moroccan Cuisine, 58/9 Thanh Thai Street, District 10
  6. Bon Mua Four Seasons Restaurant
  7. Halal@Saigon, 31 Dong Du, District 1 (halal-certified)
  8. Indus Indian Restaurant, 2G Thi Sach Street, District 1
  9. Kedai Shamsudin, 445 Le Hong Phong, District 10
  10. Lion City Restaurant, 98 Le Lai Street, District 1
  11. Mughal Indian restaurant, 28 Do Quang Dau Street in Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1.
  12. Mumtaz, 226 Bui Vien Street, District 1
  13. Mumtaz, S28 Sky Garden 1, District 7 (Phu My Hung)
  14. Pasha, 25 Dong Du Street, District 1
  15. Restaurant D’Nyonya Penang, 58 Dong Du Street, District 1 (halal certified)
  16. Sara Halal Food, 67 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District – My favourite!!!
  17. SariIndo, 70 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1 – The first Authentic Indonesian Cuisine in Vietnam
  18. Tandoor Restaurant, 74/6 Hai Ba Trung, District 1
  19. VN.Halal Restaurant, 14 Pham Hong Thai, P. Ben Thanh, District 1
  20. Warda, 71/7 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1 (owner says he serves halal meat)
  21. Warda, 63 Xuan Thuy, Thao Dien Ward, District 2 (owner says he serves halal meat)
  22. Zamzam (Taj Mahal), 26 Bui Vien Street District 1

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nhokmon11 Nhók Mon

    Halal @ Saigon was changed the owner. The ex-owner of Halal @ Saigon is opening a new restaurant named Banana Leaf @ Saigon. It is located on 57 Vo Van Tan str, Dist 3 Ho Chi Minh city.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nhokmon11 Nhók Mon
  • Rida

    As i am a Food Critic- known amongst my friends why would i want to go to Vietnam to eat Indian or malay food… i would like to try the local cusine but Halal Style-anyone know of any?… my friend is Vietnamese but she always says that if she was to take me she wouldn’t know what to feed me cos nearly everything has pork in it…

    • http://www.airasia.com/travel3sixty Travel 3Sixty

      Hi Rida, we’re just trying to provide you with other options on Halal dining, as we understand it’s not easy to find local Halal dishes in Vietnam. We hope this information helps, but we’ll try to find out for you on where you can enjoy Halal local dishes there :)