If you’re a Muslim, I am sure you would be able to relate that it is not easy to find Halal food when you’re overseas. The safest option is to find a mosque where there are many Halal restaurants or street food stalls available nearby. So if you find yourself wishing that there was some sort of Halal food guide specially catered to those going to Bangkok, fret not.
Here is our very own curated Halal food guide for those travelling to Bangkok to make your life easier.
1. Halal Som Tam
Yes, that is literally the restaurant’s name. It is a Thai dish with shredded green papaya where you can savour the sweet, sour and spicy dish. It is also the HEALTHIEST you’d find in Thailand! In fact, you can ask for your topping of choice – no worries needed!
Halal Som Tam
301/15 Phetchaburi 7 Alley, Khwaeng, Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Opened during weekend morning onwards
2. Pla-meuk (Charcoal Grilled Squid)
Bangkok’s famous grilled squid is among the best seafood options to go for. They are served with deliciously sour and spicy Thai sauce. Make sure you get those fresh ones for a better taste! Pla-meuk is located anywhere among the streets – no specific location nor time. You can just grab and go!
3. Seafood Tom Yam @Tomyam Paa Nga
What is Thailand without Tom Yam? So, if you want your fix of Tom Yam, you can come to this restaurant. In fact, you can even choose the level of spiciness you desire and the welcoming owner will entertain you.
Guaranteed delicious because he has been selling Tom Yam for several years now!
117 Soi Chunladit, Thanonphayathai, Khwaeng Thanon Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand
Daily: 7pm till late
4. Fried Chicken at Asoke
It is not easy to find Halal fried chickens in Bangkok or Thailand in general. Even KFC won’t help. But here at Asoke Road, you can have a fried chicken which is guaranteed Halal with a bonus: crispy, succulent and finger-licking!
Srinakharinwirot University (Prasarnmit Campus)
Asoke Road, Inside the food court at Soi 23, Bangkok, Thailand
Daily: 10am – 3pm
5. Mango Sticky Rice
If you’re craving for a classic favourite, there is a mango sticky rice stall that serves sweet mangoes and fluffy, sticky rice. If you’re already in Bangkok, why not?
Pratunam (Opposite The Berkeley Hotel)
Ratchaprarop Road, Khwaeng, Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung, Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Daily: Evening till late at night
6. Khanom Buang at Sao Ching Cha
Even Thailand also has their own traditional taco-style crepe! It comes with two different fillings – the sweet mix of golden egg yolk, coconut, persimmon or candied gourd. Or if you opt for something savoury, you can choose the egg, shrimp and cilantro one.
Why is this the best place to go to? Because this Halal shop is a family that has been making khanom buang for generations. There is no specific address but it is at the heart of Sao Ching Cha (Giant Swing) area in Bangkok.
7. Fried Quail Eggs
Sometimes we have to go back to basics to savour tasty snacks – one of which is fried quail eggs! You can season it with a special seasoning or a dash of black pepper.
It is also not hard to find the stalls as it is sold everywhere. Now, you can have a mini sunny side up on the go!
8. Khao Mok Gai
Khao Mok Gai is basically a Thai Style Chicken Briyani and can be found in most Halal and specialised street stalls in Bangkok. This restaurant too, does not have a specific address, but you can head over to Khao Mok Gai Convent and look for the stall with Briyani rice! They have a Halal logo there as well if it comforts you.
9. Kanom Krok
Thai coconut hotcakes are a sweet dessert made of coconut milk, tapioca starch and rice flour. This savoury bit of dessert comes with the traditional topping of green onion – the Thai version of Takoyaki.
If you want one of the best ones, drop by Kao Wang Kanon Krok which is across the Ratchawat Market in Dusit.
Daily: 5pm to 11pm.
10. Tab Tim Krop
Tab Tim Krop is also known as Refreshing Red Ruby. It is cold and refreshing and the best food to combat the heats of Bangkok. These water chestnut pieces wrapped in glutinous rice flour can be eaten with iced coconut milk!
587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Khet, Chatuchak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand
Aside from these suggestions, you can also go to these places for more options and Halal certified food:
a) Ramkhamehaeng soi 37 to Ramkhamhaeng soi 65
b) Phetchaburi soi 7 in Pratunam (Darul Aman Mosque is located here!)
And there you have it, a Halal food guide so that you can have an easier time in Bangkok.
Have fun with your trip and don’t forget to give these dishes a try! And of course, #halalfoodonly.