Last Updated: May 1, 2018
Searching for Halal food in Singapore? I’ve always felt incredibly blessed to reside in a multi-racial country such as Singapore — where no matter where I turn, I will be able to indulge in a plethora of food originating from different ethnicities. With its unique, aromatic and alluring blend of spices and herbs, Malay/Muslim cuisine is one of my personal favourites.
Most Malays in Singapore are Muslim as well, an ethnoreligious group that follows the religion of Islam. According to Islamic law, only Halal-certified food may be consumed by Muslims. With our high population of Muslims, it is no wonder there are numerous Halal restaurants scattered all over the island.
Halal foods can be found all over Singapore but do you know which are the best must-try spots? Here, I present to you 10 of Singapore’s best Halal eateries. You’ll definitely be able to impress with your knowledge the next time your friends jio (dialect for ‘to ask someone out’) you out to makan (Malay for ‘eat’) with them and there’s a need for a Muslim-friendly stall.
Located inside Adam Food Centre, Selera Rasa has unconsciously become a synonym of Nasi Lemak to me; whenever I think of Nasi Lemak, Selera Rasa immediately pops into my mind. If I had to give out an award for ‘The Best Nasi Lemak‘, this stall wins hands down.
Being a Nasi Lemak stall, Selera Rasa offers an array of side dishes to go along with your order: fried egg, fried fish, fried chicken wing and otah.
Inside their Chicken Wing Meal ($3.90), their fluffy, irresistible imported premium Basmati rice is wonderfully fragrant and is good enough to eat on its own. But of course, why would you do that when their tangy and spicy sambal complements it so well?
The demand for their Nasi Lemak is so high that the stall has even put in place an online delivery system.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak: 2 Adam Road, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, Adam Road, Singapore 289876; | Tel:+65 9843 4509 | Opening Hours: (Sat to Thu) 7am – 5pm, Closed on Fri | Facebook
Ang Mo Kio Branch: Blk 603, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-2683, Singapore 560603 | Opening Hours: (Sat to Thu) 7.30am – 1pm, Closed on Fri
Nestled high up on Far East Plaza, Puncak describes itself as having the ‘best noodles and Halal Malay food’. Well, they did make it to this list, and what I do know is that they serve the most wonderfully Fried Halal Wantons ($5), stuffed with vegetables.
Have you ever eaten wantons where the skin was so thick you felt like you were just eating deep-fried flour? Puncak’s Fried Wanton is thankfully nothing like that. When paired with the sauce graciously provided by the stall, the satisfying crunch will please even the fussiest eater.
Other than the fried wantons on their menu, Puncak also has a great variety of tze-char style food choices available on their menu. Kway Teow, Seafood Noodle, Claypot Rice, you name it, and they’ll probably have it!
Puncak Best Noodle Halal Muslim Food: Far East Plaza, #05-94, 14 Scotts Road, Singapore 228213| Tel:+65 6738 4348| Opening Hours: (Daily) 11.30am – 9.30pm
If you happen to be in town and are craving some Halal-certified Thai food, NaNa Thai Restaurant at Far East plaza will be the eatery to head to. Served in half a pineapple, NaNa Thai’s Pineapple Fried Rice ($6.50) has been raved by many to be a sweet delight. Their servings also tend to run on the larger portions, which is great if you have big appetites. Not to mention, extremely value-for-money too.
Nana Thai Restaurant: Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #04-22, Singapore 228213| Opening Hours: (Daily) 11.30am – 10pm
Tang Tea House Hong Kong Cafe prides itself on being ‘the most happening restaurant at Simpang Bedok‘ and you’ll want to make a trip down to taste their Halal-certified dim sum – chicken pau, har gau, siew mai and even steamed chicken dumplings!
All of Tang Tea House’s Halal-certified dim sum are exquisitely prepared by authentic Shanghainese chefs as well as Muslim cooks; which probably explains why I’ve heard only good things about it. Other than dim sum, Tang Tea House also offers signature zi char dishes such as their Pan Fried Crispy Bee Hoon ($11) and Kampong Fried Rice ($6.50).
Simpang Bedok Branch: 357 Bedok Road, Singapore 469545 | Tel:+65 6445 9100 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 11am – 3am | Website
Jalan Kayu Branch: 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466 | Tel: +65 6483 2298| Opening Hours: (Daily) 11am – 3am
Jurong West Branch: 414 Jurong West Street 42, Singapore 640414 | Tel: +65 6493 2522 | Opening Hours: (Sun – Thu) 7am – 11pm, (Fri & Sat) 7am – 12midnight | Facebook
Lorong Bekukong Branch: 57 Lorong Bekukong, Singapore 499173 | Tel:+65 6386 4859 | Opening Hours: (Sun – Thu) 11am – 12midnight, (Fri & Sat) 11am – 2am
A dine-in experience is never quite complete without a magnificent view and Rasa Istimewa excels in giving customers a feast for their eyes. The Johor Skyline is visible right from the restaurant due to it being situated right on a jetty at Woodlands Waterfront Park.
It is also extremely convenient to go for a walk along the jetty after you feel your stomach bursting at the seams from ingesting all that wonderful food.
The variety of items available on Rasa Istimewa’s menu is impressive; they have nearly everything ranging from fish, prawn, chicken, vegetables, cuttlefish, soup, rice, noodles to even hotplates. There is definitely no need to worry about not being able to find something to your liking.
Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant: 6A Admiralty Road West, Woodlands Waterfront Park, Singapore 757445 | Tel:+65 6366 9339 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 12noon – 12midnight | Website
Due to its unpretentious, kampung-styled cuisine which are reasonably priced, HJ Maimunah Restaurant has often been described as a ‘must-try’ restaurant. As a testament to how delicious their food is, they also do catering for big-scale events, such as weddings or special occasions. I will be sure to try out their signature dishes and various barbecued fish when I pay a visit to the restaurant along Jalan Pisang, myself.
Hajah Maimunah Restaurant: 11 Jalan Pisang, Singapore 199078 | Tel:+65 6297 4294 | Opening Hours: (Mon- Sat) 7am – 8pm | Website
Joo Chiat Branch: 20 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427357 | Tel:+65 6348 5457 | Opening Hours: (Tue – Sun) 8am – 9.30pm
If you suffer from frequent late night hunger pangs like me, you’ll understand the absolute importance of restaurants which open till the wee hours of morning. Which is why I absolutely love Spize.
Not only does it serve great, Halal-certified and value-for-money local and western foods, it opens till 5am for its River Valley outlet on weekdays. Perfect for reloading on carbs right after a night of intensive clubbing.
Should you find yourself stepping into Spize one day, I would recommend you to try their Spice Star Burger ($8.90). A huge slice of tender, handmade beef burger patty is packed right in the middle of the burger, then topped off with a sunny side egg, a slice of cheese and a dash of BBQ sauce — the meal definitely pleased my taste buds.
The burger comes with seasoned fries too but they weren’t the main attraction, that’s for sure.
River Valley Branch: 409 River Valley Road, Singapore 248307 | Tel:+65 6337 7493 | Opening Hours: (Sun – Thu) 12noon – 5am, (Fri & Sat) 12noon – 6am| Website
Bedok Branch: 336 Bedok Road, Simpang Bedok, Bedok Shopping Complex Singapore 469512 | Tel: +65 6337 7493 | Opening Hours: (Sun – Thu) 12noon – 2am, (Fri, Sat & Eve of PH) 12noon – 3am
Hipster cafes are aplenty in Singapore, but to hear about at Halal-certified one? I certainly do not come across many, which is why I was pleasantly surprised by Badoque cafe‘s existence along Upper Thomson Road. It’s no wonder they have quite a tight Muslim following.
With dishes such as Champion Of The Spanner Crab ($28) and Cherry Bass Balado ($24), you’ll never have to worry about whether your food is Instagram-worthy. Because it always is with Badoque cafe. I’ve only heard raves about their Badoque Ribs ($36), which has become another to-eat item added to my ever-growing list.
Thomson Branch: 246 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574370 | Tel: +65 6552 1646 | Opening Hours: (Sat – Thu) 12noon – 11pm, (Fri) 3pm – 11pm
Bedok Branch: 298 Bedok Road, Singapore 469454 | Tel: +65 6446 6928 | Opening Hours: (Wed – Mon) 12noon – 11pm (last order @ 9.30pm) | Website
I don’t think Al Azhar Eating Restaurant needs any introduction. Situated in Bukit Timah, the place is always brimming full of hungry supper-seeking customers whenever I head over in the middle of the night with my friends.
In spite of its deceptively small kitchen size, the restaurant serves a large variety of Muslim food: Thai Seafood, Western Food, Malay Food and even Indian Food. You’ll definitely something to suit your palate here.
Other than their famous dishes of pratas, murtabak and super satays, you can expect to end off your meal with a wide variety of affordable deserts. If you so happen to be a durian lover, Al-Azhar’s Durian Chendol ($3) will be right up your alley.
It was rich and full of flavour, topped with a copious amount of bright green chendol strips. In my opinion, this beats all bingsus I’ve ever tasted, and it’s at a fraction of the price of a normal Korean shaved ice dessert!
Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant: 11 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599736 | Tel:+65 6466 5052| Opening Hours: 24 hours (Daily) | Website
Other than Carousel restaurant, Aquamarine is also another well-received fully Halal-certified buffet ($60++ for lunch, $72++ for dinner) located right in Marina Mandarin Hotel.
Aquamarine focuses quite a lot on their seafood offerings, with their never-ending servings of Stone Crabs, Steamed Live Prawns, juicy Black Mussels and fiery Chilli or Black Pepper Crabs. Seafood aficionados will definitely have to make a trip down to Aquamarine to satisfy their halal food cravings.
An a la carte menu centred around local signatures is also available, and consumers can expect to happily feast on Laksa and Hainanese Chicken Rice too.
Aquamarine: Marina Mandarin Hotel, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Singapore 039594 | Tel: +65 6845 1111 | Opening Hours: (Daily) 6.30am – 10am, 12noon – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10am | Website