Access to eating halal food when visiting abroad is very difficult to find for Muslim travelers. Indeed, finding this in a non-Muslim majority country is somewhat difficult. Even so, that doesn’t mean you don’t eat, you know!
Before that, you also need to understand the concept of halal in Islam first, so you won’t get confused when hunting for food in other countries. So, what are the tips? Cuss.. Read below!.
1. RESEARCH FIRST ON THE COUNTRY YOU WANT TO GO TO
The first thing to do before starting an adventure is in-depth research on your destination. Find out about the country’s culture, traditions, customs and the majority of the population. Does the country have a non-Muslim majority?
2. SEAFOOD OR VEGETARIAN CAN BE AN OPTION
Seafood or vegetarian menu can be an option. Avoid meat menus whose halal status is still ambiguous.
3. FIND A KEBAB OR MIDDLE EAST SHOP
If you want to eat processed meat, but are not sure, an alternative that you can try is to find a kebab shop. Apart from being delicious and filling, kebabs are usually relatively affordable, even though the price standards in each country are different.
4. FIND A RESTAURANT NEAR THE MOSQUE
The mosque is really a safe place to go when traveling abroad. So, you can look for halal food around mosques in that country.
5. INSTALL HALAL DESIGN APPLICATION
Times are getting advanced and technology is getting more sophisticated, the information you want is also getting easier to get. For those of you travelers who are confused about finding halal food, the good news is that there are now many halal indicating applications available.
6. BRING YOUR OWN PROVISIONS
If the tips above are not possible, the right weapon that you can use is to bring your own lunch or snacks. Nowadays there are many foods that last for days such as chili sauce, instant noodles, instant porridge, various chips, dried tempeh, and canned food that is MUI certified. You can also bring portable cooking utensils, so it’s safe!
7. BAKED SHOPS ARE NOT ALWAYS HALAL
Even though bread looks like safe food for consumption, not all bakeries are halal. In fact, there are several non-halal components that are used as supporting ingredients to make bread so that it tastes even more delicious. Call it alcohol, rum, and lard.