Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, boasts a unique blend of traditional Vietnamese culture and a tinge of French element in their food and architecture. Hanoi, like any other cities in Vietnam, is famous for their delicious street food and coffee. However, finding halal food for Muslim travellers is a little bit trickier than other travellers.
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(This article was last updated on 11 Nov 2016 and the information as found to be correct and relevant.)
Unlike Ho Chin Min city, Hanoi lacks in the number of halal-certified restaurants. Currently, only a few restaurants are fully halal-certified by the Halal Certification Agency of Vietnam.
Little India restaurant, also known as An-Nisa restaurant in the past, serves Indian, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine. The owner, Mr Ismail has been living in Hanoi for the past 18 years. The restaurant earned its reputation through the authenticity of its menu as the chefs are all from India and have worked in 5 star restaurants before.
Address: 32 Hang Tre Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
D’Lions Restaurant serves Vietnamese and International cuisine. This restaurant is situated in Cosiana Hotel. Hotel guests can expect to be served halal breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout their stay in the hotel.
Address: 92 Le Duan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Allante Restaurant (Sunway Hotel, Hanoi) offers a wide range of Vietnamese cuisine and other Asian and International favourites too. The restaurant is the first 4-star international halal restaurant in Hanoi. They provide both ala-carte and buffet dining.
Address: 19 Pham Dinh Ho Street, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Alternatively, there are restaurants that are not fully halal-certified but claim to provide halal meals for their diners. Most of these restaurants prepare the halal meat themselves, as the city does not have a main source of halal meat supplier. Do not be alarmed if you find some of these restaurants selling alcohol as they accommodate to non-halal diners too. Be sure to ask the staff for halal meat as some of these restaurants only serve halal meat when requested.
Tandoor Restaurant offers authentic North Indian cuisine. It is located in the heart of the Old Quarter.
Address: 24 Hàn Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Khazaana Indian Halal Restaurant serves a wide range of authentic Desi Indian and Muglai cuisine.
Address: 34 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Namaste Hanoi serves a wide range of authentic Southern and Northern Indian cuisine.
Address: 46 Tho Nhuom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Restaurant D’Nyonya Penang specializes in Malaysian cuisine.
Address: 27B Hoa Ma Street, Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi
Nan n Kabab serves a variety of Afghani, Pakistani and Turkish cuisine.
Address: 49 Xuan Dieu, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Le Marrakech offers a unique range of Moroccan cuisine.
Address: 88 To Ngoc Van, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi
Some of these restaurants provide halal food delivery around Hanoi but be prepared to pay more.
Vietnam is definitely a place for food lovers and is famous for their street food. Everywhere around the Old Quarter, you can see ladies setting up small stalls or sometimes just tables and chairs to serve various types of food ranging from noodles, fried rice, grilled seafood, sandwiches, desserts and the list is endless! However, Muslim travellers need to be extra cautious in choosing any type of street food as most of them tend to use oil that contains lard and most of their meat dishes are pork based. Many of their dishes also contain alcohol. Currently, there are no street food stalls that sell halal food. It is common to see Vietnamese ladies selling kebabs, however these kebab stalls are not halal-certified.
Unfortunately, tours do not specifically cater halal food. However, it is possible to request for vegetarian or seafood options before the start of the tour. Most of the tours are very accommodative to their guests. Alternatively, you can engage halal tours that will guarantee full halal food through out your stay. Here are some local tours you can explore before your trip:
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Better to be kiasu than go hungry.
Bring backup food (emergency food)
Bring along your favorite instant porridge or noodles for days that you are tired of the Indian food in the city. Your favorite spread like peanut butter and Nutella could come in handy too!
Don’t be surprised that local supermarkets and provision shops do sell instant noodles that are halal certified in different flavors. Some of the snacks such as rice crackers and biscuits also contain halal sign on the packet.
Take full advantage of the breakfast in the hostels! Most of the hostels provide free breakfast options that are filling and they often have a pantry for you to make your own tea or coffee. Some places provide snacks like fruits and biscuits in the pantry too. Furthermore, friendly staffs will be more than willing to accommodate your eating needs as most provide personalized services to their guests.