Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam




Out of the 8 million people residing in Ho Chi Minh City, there are only 10,000 Muslims. Most Vietnamese in the city are unfamiliar with Islam and there are not many muslim restaurants serving halal food. For observant Muslims, asking a local for a halal restaurant would often get a blank answer. Nevertheless, there are a few halal restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City but beware of local tour agents taking you to a restaurant claiming to serve halal food - they may not be.
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Halal restaurants would have a halal certification issued by a local Muslim organisation based in Ho Chi Minh City and/or a halal sign prominently displayed in front of the restaurant. Many are located in District 1 and another place is Phu Nhuan District. Head to the area around the Central Mosque in District 1 and you can find a few halal restaurants.

Halal restaurants here serve mainly Vietnamese foods including Cham, an ethnic Muslim minority in Vietnam. Others include a sprinkle of Malaysian, Indian and Turkish restaurants. Many of the Malaysian restaurants have also added popular Vietnamese dishes into their menu, especially pho (rice noodles in broth).

31 Dong Du (opposite the Central Mosque, near Sheraton Hotel).
A popular halal restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City serving Vietnamese, Malaysian and vegetarian cuisine prepared according to halal guidelines. Has a Malaysian Muslim owner and there are several Malaysian staples on the menu. However, it is primarily Vietnamese with a wide range of dishes from around the country. This restaurant has a halal certification from the local Muslim organisation.

Vn. Halal (Muslim Food Restaurant)
14 Pham Hong Thai, District 1 (near the Ben Thanh Market).
Halal certified restaurant serving Malaysian and Vietnamese dishes. This restaurant is popular with Malaysian tourists to the city - probably because it is near the Ben Thanh Market. The food here is at most average, very pricey and service could be improved. However, the pho served is rather tasty. 

Satay House Restaurant
307/25 Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan District.
Owned by a Malaysian and often frequented by Malaysian tourists. Serves great satay (grilled meat on skewers) dipped in peanut sauce and a variety of nasi goreng (fried rice) dishes.

Pho Muslim
Hem 505, TK 25/18 Tran Hung Dao (behind the Jamiul Islamiyah "
Nancy" Mosque), District 1.
Small budget eatery located in an alley and owned by a Vietnamese Muslim from the Cham ethnic minority. Besides offering cheap eats, the food is rather tasty -try the pho and bun bo hue. Opens from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Kedai Makan Melayu Champa
111/33 Huynh Van Banh, Phu Nhuan District
Another halal restaurant operated by an ethnic Cham and popular with the local Cham Muslim community in the area. The chef is a Muslim who also caters for many hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.

Bombay Indian Restaurant
35 Dong Do St, District 1.
Offers a variety of briyani, curry, massala and flatbread dishes. Though this restaurant claims to serve halal food, it also serves alcoholic drinks.

Tandoor Restaurant
103, Vo Van Tan St, District 3.
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. Specialties include hara seek kebab, chicken tikka, kalmi kebab and ustani kebab.

Pro Doner Kebab
169 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1.
Turkish restaurant serving authentic doner kebabs - the meat slices are tasty and juicy. The place is clean and the service is good.

Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant
Sc3-1 My Khang, Nguyen Luong Bang, District 7.
Turkish restaurant m
anaged by a Turk and his family - popular with the Turkish community here. Serves great kebabs, meatballs and try the strong Turkish coffee.

Halal restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City by amrufum

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