Jul 29, 2012

Mosque and Halal Food in Ho Chi Minh

Many muslim tourists from the Middle East, or Southeast Asia will be looking for halal food in Ho Chi Minh. Actually it's easy. but only a few professionally managed.
The easiest way is to find a mosque. Just outside the mosque there are Muslim selling halal foods or cuisines.



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One mosque frequently visited by tourists are Musulman Mosque, also known as Central Mosque, in District 1. Located in the business area just in front of Saigon hotel, adjacent to Sheraton hotel at Dong Du street. Not far from Opera house.

Masjid Musulman
66 Dong Du, Bến Nghé, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ‎


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This mosque is usually crowded on Fridays since all Muslim gather to do pray in Friday.

One of the 12 mosques in Ho Chi Minh City. The Mosque was built in 1935. It was originally constructed for worshipers from southern India then resident in Saigon, but now Muslims from all over the world would come here to worship.



Halal Rules
Halal cuisine must contain halal raw material came from halal certified source/element and processed in halal way. if a halal material in the process having contact with a non halal material, then it is Not halal.
For Example; Halal meat must come from Halal supplier.

During Ramadhan, Halal food served free to all Muslim doing Iftar, when Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset.



Just across the mosque, there are many restaurant with halal label/sign. One of them with halal certified is Halal@Saigon.
Famous among Muslim tourist especially from Malaysia and Indonesia. Opened since Feb 2009, they serve malaysian , vietnamese and vegetarian cuisine.




It has Halal certificate issued by Commision Board of Islam in Ho Chi Minh.

And also there are other halal restaurants near Mosque.

I found another mosque during my way back to airport. Jamiul Muslimin Mosque.




SUMMARY
There are local muslim community selling Halal food near mosque. Ask the local muslim or restaurant owner to ensure you Halal food. Some Muslim tourist also mention mosque as a meeting point before visiting tourism spot in Ho Chi Minh. .

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