Below is a short list of halal restaurants in Saigon. I confirmed with several other local Muslims on whether the restaurants below are halal or not. We kept the list small making easier for Muslims to choose the restaurant.
Please Note: Currently there are more so-called “halal” restaurants then halal butchers to support the halal restaurants in Saigon. You will be safe with the restaurants below this list.
Hanafi Muslims: All of the halal restaurants below serve crab, prawns and seafood, except for Berrus.
Updated on Jan. 1, 2016:
Halal Food in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
The following restaurants can be confirmed halal, they all get their halal meat from the Amine Halal Meat Supplier (District 7), Hanafi Halal Meat Supplier (Phu Nhuan District) or from Haji Chay Mohamad from the District 8 masjid. If a restaurant is not on this list, it means I, or other Muslims, cannot confirm where they get their halal meat.
None of the restaurants below serves alcohol (unless otherwise stated):
With many Malaysian tourists frequenting the Ben Thanh Market, Nguyen An Ninh street is now known as Malaysian Street where tourists can find several halal restaurants and hotels separating tourists from the Pham Ngu Lao Red Light District area. Besides the restaurants listed below, there are many food stalls along this street next to many textile shops. They are run by Cham Muslims and are halal as well and definitely very affordable for budget travelers.
Warning: One restaurant posing as halal is located on the same street. They are the only restaurant where most of the female staff cover their heads. Be forewarned, they are not Muslims. I have warned the owner in regards to his other restaurant but they do not care. There are also a large number of “converts” in the halal industry from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, that converted as a means to make money. Hence Halal to them is Ha$a$.
The below restaurants are the only safe places for Muslims to eat on Malaysian street:
Basiron – 33 Nguyen An Nhin Street, District 1 (near Ben Thanh Market on Nguyen An Ninh street) – Offers great halal pho.
Kampung Pandan – 53 Thu Khoa Haun, District 1 (near north side of Ben Thanh Market) – Malaysian chef. Same owner as Banana Leaf.
The Daun Restaurant – 194 Le Thanh Ton, District 1 – Excellent restaurant, the Muslim manager is from Singapore. A great guy. The Daun is packed so be sure to make reservations.
Large Cham Muslim community in this area. In evenings, you can find a halal banh mi (sandwich) vendor and a halal soup vendor on Tran Hung Dao streets near the Nancy Mosque.
Pho Muslim – District 1 (Behind the Nancy Mosque) – Another favorite for local and visiting Muslims a like. In the mornings you can have halal pho, in the evenings halal bun bo hue. The small restaurant is in an alleyway in the Muslim part of District 1. Prices are very affordable for budget travelers.
Halal Banh Mi (Bread) Food Vendor – between 553-555 Tran Hung Dao street, District 1 (about a block from Nancy Mosque) – One of my favorite places for banh mi, sticky rice and halal chicken.
Halal Soup Food Vendor – between 553-555 Tran Hung Dao street, District 1 (about a block from Nancy Mosque) – Offers halal soup but I have never tried it yet.
Other Locations in District 1
Halal Kitchen – 96B Nam Khia Khoi Nghia, District 1 (located next to several Muslim shops) – This restaurant’s chef is well known among the local Muslim community. He has worked in many of the halal restaurants in the city.
Halal Restaurant 641 – 641 Nguyen Trai, District 5 (At the Cholon Mosque) – another halal favorite offering Vietnamese and Malaysian food. I love the curry rice dishes there.
Berru Turkish Coffee & Restaurant Sc3-1 My Khang, Nguyen Luong Bang. Q7 – Great halal Turkish food.
Kedai Makanan Halal Idriss – 12N Nguyen Thi Tan, P.3, District 8 – serves halal Vietnamese and Cham cuisine in more of a Vietnamese restaurant environment. Worth the visit if you have the time. Very pleasant family runs this restaurant.
Phu Nhuan District
Kedai Makan Melayu Champa – 111/33 Huynh Van Banh, Phu Nhuan District (after bridge, turn right at market and look for alleyway on left) – A great halal restaurant that serves halal Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines. A little hard to find but worth it. The Muslim chef caters for many hotels in the city. You will meet many local Cham Muslims in this area.
Sara Halal Food – 67 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District – Serves halal Cham cuisine. I used to frequent this restaurant 3-4 times per week when I lived nearby. Come after 5 pm. The owner and cook are Muslims. The chicken fried rice dishes are my favorite dishes there. Very affordable for budget travelers.
Satay House Malaysia – 307/25 Nguyen Van Troi, Phu Nhuan District – Malaysian owner and cook serving some of the best satay and nasi goreng in the city. One of the most frequented restaurants by local Malays. The chef is well known among the Muslim community. I recommend coming around lunchtime when most of the food is fresh.
Cu Chi District
Kedai Shamsudin – 761A, Provincial Road 15, Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu Chi District – Owners moved restaurant from District 10 to Cu Chi. The only halal restaurant in Cu Chi.
Owned by non-Muslims but the cooks and staff are Muslim.
None of the restaurants below serves alcohol.
Lion City Restaurant (Only Second Floor is Halal) – 98 Le Lai Street, District 1 – Owner ensures strict halal-ness of his restaurant, he imports all of his halal meat. Definitely more pricier then many other halal restaurants. Near Malaysian Street.
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