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"Coconut rice served with prawn sambal, beef rendang, fried egg, peanuts and condiments." Great dish! The beef rendang particularly, was superb.

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    Yum yum! :D Looks heavenly! A definite must-try!

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  • Planning a Trip to Jakarta, Indonesia? Take A Trip Down To These 4 Historic Mosques!

    With the busy roads in Jakarta, it might take awhile for you to get around. So, why not make a couple of stops at these mosques during your journey. Some of them might not be very instragrammable, but they are all worth the visit due to their rich history. Let's look at 4 of Jakarta's must-visit mosques! Read about Jakarta Islamic Centre 1. Cut Meutia Mosque Picture: RinduMasjid As a former colony of the Netherlands, Indonesia has many European-styled buildings in Jakarta, known as Batavia in the past. One of them is N.V. Bouwploeg, the office of Dutch architect Pieter Adriaan Jacobus Moojen. Established in 1879, it has now been converted into the Cut Meutia Mosque. The mosque is named after Indonesian national heroine Cut Nyak Meutia(1870-1910), who fought against Dutch colonizers in Aceh. When governor Ali Sadikin led the capital city, he turned the two-floor building into a provincial mosque in 1987 to meet the demand of people who wanted to have a mosque in Menteng. The 950-meter-square mosque can accommodate around 1,000 people. What’s unique about the mosque is its architecture that follows the Dutch Rationalist style and a ventilation tower in the center to control the temperature inside. Cut Meutia Mosque is 1.3km from the Gondangdia train station. From the station, you can take a walk to the mosque. However, an easier alternative would be via a taxi, a motorcycle taxi(ojek) using Gojek or Grab. Address: Jl. Cut Meutia No. 1, Menteng, Central JakartaOpening Hours: 4AM-9PMContact: 021-3103941Website: MasjidCutMeutia 2. Istiqlal Grand Mosque Picture: ArtWolfe Istiqlal Grand Mosque is special, not only because it is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, but also because of its location. It's positioned right next to Jakarta Cathedral Church and has become the symbol of inter-religious harmony and tolerance in Indonesia. This magnificient mosque, which has been open to the public since February 1978, is also near the capital city’s icon and major tourist site known as the National Monument (Monas). Istiqlal is an Arabic word which means independence. This mosque was constructed to commemorate Indonesia’s Independence Day on Aug 17 1945, hence the name. The idea of making this grand mosque came from Muslim figure Wahid Hasyim, Indonesia’s first religion affairs minister. However, its design was made by Christian architect Friedrich Silaban. Istiqlal mosque, which occupies 2.5 hectares of a total 9.3 hectares of land manages to accommodate approximately 200,000 people. The mosque is huge but you do not need to worry about finding a way to get in because it has seven entrances. There are many public transports around but I recommend you to take a Transjakarta bus to avoid traffic congestion. Address: Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10710Opening Hours: 4AM-12PMContact: 021 3811708Website: Istiqlal 3. Sunda Kelapa Mosque Picture: Center For Pluralism Sunda Kelapa Mosque is unique because it looks like a boat. It also has no dome, star-crescent symbol, bedug(traditional drum) and other things that you are used to see in common mosques in Indonesia. In Sunda Kelapa Mosque, the boat shape is a symbol of Sunda Kelapa Port, a famous port in Batavia in the 14th century which is now located in Jakarta. At that time, many Muslim-Arab traders sailed their ships into the port for business. It was during this period that Islam was spread to the whole city. Having existed since 1960, the mosque is located near the Vice President's official residence and the popular Suropati garden, where people like to hang out in the afternoon. Unlike Istiqlal Grand Mosque, Sunda Kelapa Mosque does not have a Transjakarta bus stop nearby. Therefore, you would need to take a taxi or motorcycle taxi(ojek) Gojek or Grab to visit. Address: Jl. Taman Sunda Kelapa No.16,Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10310Opening Hours: 4AM-9PMContact: (021) 31934261 4. Jami’ Kebon Jeruk Mosque Jami’ Kebon Jeruk Mosque is the first Chinese-Muslim mosque in Jakarta that has existed since the era of Dutch colonialism in East Indies, now Indonesia. It is constructed by Chinese-Muslim Chau Tsin Hwu and his wife, Fatima Hwu in 1718 on 1.5 hectare of land. They left China because majority of the Buddhist people there rejected their presence. It is believed that they built the mosque to accommodate Chinese-Muslims in East Indies to pray because at that time, they were often mocked by locals when they prayed at common mosques. In 1972, Jakarta city administration named Jami’ Kebon Jeruk as a historical building. Address: l. Hayam Wuruk No. 83, West JakartaOpening Hours: 4AM-8PM Read more about Jakarta...

  • Hopping By Semarang For A Quick Getaway? Explore Semarang's Fascinating Historical Hot Spots

    History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ - Eduardo Galeano I strongly agree with Eduardo Galeano. How could I say goodbye to my hometown in Semarang in Central Java? I would never say goodbye to my lovely city of Semarang. This city offers so many historical and adventurous places. I would like to introduce you to a Muslim-friendly tour to Semarang. Trust me, these places are fun and you can learn about their endless history. So fasten your seat belt and let the journey begin! Semarang Old City The first destination you need to visit upon arriving in Semarang is the Semarang Old City. This place will transport you back in time. Years ago, in the 19th-20th centuries, this area was the trade center and a place where the government officials are. In this area, there are around 50 old buildings carrying the European architectural style of the 1700s. During the Dutch colonialization, this area was built according to the agreement with the Mataram Kingdom. In the beginning, it seemed like it was just a fort, however, as time goes by, the city grew and the fort expanded rapidly. The settlement also grew, calling it the De Europeesche Buurt or just like how the locals call it - the Little Netherland. After Indonesia got its independence in 1945, the government began to take over all Dutch Offices and buildings. Some of these buildings are still operating and functioning until today. You can still visit Blenduk Church, Tawang Rain Station, Praoe Layar Cigarette Factory and many more. Semarang Old City is now a public space and a safe destination for you and your family. Lots of young couples put Little Netherland the main location for their pre-wedding photos. Good place for photo-hunting to bring the old vintage look to your Instagram, isn’t it? Address: Jalan Letjen Suprapto Number 22, Tanjung Emas, North Semarang.  Synod of Protestant Churches in Western Indonesia (Blenduk Church) Located within the Semarang Old City area, the church was built in 1753. Everyone in Semarang may know about this church. However, locals might not be familiar with the complete name of this church, so if you are looking for this church, be sure to call it the ‘Blenduk Church’, then they will understand. It is also the oldest church in Central Java province. The original name was Nederlandsche Indische Kerk or Synod of Protestant Churches in Western Indonesia. At that time, the shape of the building was like Joglo, a traditional Javanese house, then it was renovated in 1787. A convex shaped dome (in Javanese called Mblenduk) and two towers were added to the church. Since then, locals would always call it the Blenduk church instead of calling its original name. Today, Christians are still using this place for praying and worshipping. Times where there are no masses going on, tourists are allowed to enter with an entrance fee of IDR 10,000. Address: Jalan Letjen Suprapto Number 32, Tanjung Emas, North SemarangOpening Hours: 9AM to 4PM (Mon-Sat)                          1PM to 4PM (Sun) Lawang Sewu Building Let’s go to another Netherland historical village in Semarang! Move to the center of Semarang City, we will see the Lawang Sewu building. Lawang Sewu is a Javanese term which translates to 'thousand doors' as there are so many doors inside the building. In fact, the total amount of the doors is 928. Locals use the term ‘thousand doors’ in order to simplify the conversation. Years ago, Lawang Sewu was used as an Indonesian railway center, owned by the railway operator PT. Kereta Api Indonesia used this building as their headquarter. Today, the Lawang Sewu building has evolved into a train museum. There is an endless amount of knowledge that you can gain about the train history in Indonesia when you're at this museum. In the museum, you are able to witness locomotive miniatures including the carriages. This building is so unique and full of art. No wonder tourists and even the locals come to Lawang Sewu. The perfect location for a pre-wedding photo session is in the Main Hall area since it is surrounded with numerous glasses. You can visit Lawang Sewu building on any day and the tentrance fee is pocket-friendly too. Address: Jalan Pemuda, Sekayu, Central Semarang.Opening hours: 7AM to 9PM (Monday to Sunday)Ticket fare: Adult (IDR 10,000).                   Children under 12 years old and students (IDR 5,000) Sam Poo Kong Temple We’ve done with Netherland’s heritage, now let’s move to the Asian part of Semarang. Yeap! You are right. We are going to the Sam Poo Kong temple. A historical site in the middle of the town. Sam Poo Kong temple was built to remember Admiral Cheng Ho when anchored in the North Coast of Java centuries ago. Red and yellow are dominant colors in the Sam Poo Kong Temple complex. Chinese people, particularly the people who hold onto the Buddhist religion, still use this temple until today. There are at least 4 temples inside the complex and they are the God of Earth Temple, the Quartermasters Temple, the Sam Po Tay Djien Temple, and the Kyai Jangkar Temple. Surely, there are many picturesque spots here. The temple management has even put up some signs to show you the best photo spots. In addition, you can rent Traditional Chinese costumes near the main entrance, and choose from adult to children size. Don't worry about the price, you only need to pay IDR 100,000 to rent the Chinese clothes during the opening hours. There is no time limit when it comes to renting the clothes. Psst... A suggestion from the management, please be quiet when entering the temple, may you find people praying inside. Address: Jalan Simongan Number 129, Bongsari, West Semarang.Opening hours: 8AM to 9PM (Monday to Sunday)Ticket Fare: Normal day (Adult: IDR 5,000. Children: IDR 3,000).                    Weekend & Holiday (Adult: IDR 8,000. Children: IDR 5,000). Great Mosque of Central Java Last but not least, let's not forget to pray in the Great Mosque of Central Java. The Great Mosque of Central Java was a work in progress in 2001 and was finally opened by 2006. The mosque can accommodate around 15,000 jamaah. This mosque is not only dedicated for prayers but it is also one of the top religious attractions in Semarang. In the mosque area, you can visit the museum and library, providing you with the historical story of this religious spot. As you can see, the architecture of the Great Mosque of Central Java is a blend of local and Arabic culture. There are six giant hydraulic umbrellas just like the Nabawi Mosque in Medina. The giant umbrella will open up during Friday Prayers, Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha as long as the wind does not go over 200 knots. Wanna try to challenge yourself a bit more? You can come inside to Asmaul Husna with 99 meters height. From this place, you'll see the entire Semarang city and also the coastal using some binoculars. Another best spot in the complex is the giant Koran and the giant drum. Address: Jalan Gajah Raya, Sambirejo, Gayamsari, East Semarang. One day is not enough for traveling in Semarang as the best historical destination spot in Indonesia. There are still so many Halal destinations in this town. I promise I will share them on HalalTrip App!...

  • Hajj & Umrah: A Guide To Performing Hajj For First Timers

    Among the five pillars of Islam, Hajj is the one that makes Muslims experience the religion on a different spiritual level. Being called to the holy land of is the earnest desire of each and every believer, while seeing the Ka'aba with their very own eyes and experiencing the same rituals as fulfilled by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). If this year, you're planning to go to Hajj, there are certain things that you need to know as a first timer. As Hajj is a very important event in Saudia Arabia, the country hosts approximately 2 million Muslims. Here's a quick guide to the steps in Hajj. 1. State of Ihram Picture Credit: eBay The state of Ihram is the sacred state in which a Muslim enters as he crosses the outer boundaries of Makkah, called the Mikat. As soon as he enters the state of Ihram, he is prohibited from doing a certain number of things. The list of prohibitions is different for men and women. Men are not allowed to wear clothes that are stitched. They are not allowed to cover their head when in Ihram. Socks and covered shoes are not allowed as well. While women are allowed to cover their whole body with stitched clothing when in Ihram, except for their hands and face. Once they have entered the state of Ihram, they should start reciting the Talbiyah where they make the intention for Hajj. 2. Perform Tawaaf Upon entering the city of Mecca, the first step is to perform Tawaaf, which is to circumambulate around the Kaa'ba 7 times. The first round is done in a slow pace, the second one is done a little bit faster. The person has to go a little bit faster each time until he completes the 7th round. After performing the Tawaf, one must pray 2 Rakaa'hs before the Maqaam-e-Ibrahim (station of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam). This is the place Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam stood to build the Kaa'ba. 3. Safaa Marwa Picture Credit: British Haj Travel The next step of Hajj is to perform Safaa and Marwa. This historical background of this ritual is found in the times of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam when he was ordered to leave his wife and son, Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam in the desert. At some point, they were left with no food and water, so Hajar started searching for water, running from one hill to another 7 times. Then Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam started hitting feet on the ground and water sprouted from the earth. Pilgrims accomplish the Safaa and Marwa as a remembrance of Hajar Salamun Alayha. At the end of the Say', one must offer 2 Rakaah's of prayer in the Haram. 4. Head to Mina Picture Credit: SialNews The next step in Hajj is to go to Mina. Pilgrims can go there by foot or by buses and will spend the day in tents in the worship of Allah. At Mina, they will stay in tents and will only leave at the dawn of the second day. 5. Arafat Picture Credit: ICC Hajj Known as the most crucial part of Hajj, standing on the Mount of Arafat also called Jabbal ur Rehma is a step where Muslims ask for forgiveness and repent to Allah. Going to Arafat is such a crucial step in Hajj that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said in one of the narrations that' Arafat is Hajj. 6. Muzdalifah Picture Credit: UmrahInfoLinks Upon descending the Mount of Arafat, pilgrims spend the night in Muzdalifah, which is situated around 8km from Arafat. Arriving there, pilgrims have to offer Maghrib and Isha combined together. Muzdalifah is also the place where pilgrims will collect pebbles for the next step of Hajj which will last for three days. Make sure to collect enough pebbles for this crucial step in Hajj, which is the Rami-al Jamarat. 7. Rami al Jamarat Picture Credit: Ary News Also known as the stoning of the devil, the Rami al Jamarat is a significant step in Hajj as well as a reminder of the test of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam. He, Aleyhi salaam was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son Isma'eel Alayhi Salaam, and while he was on his way, the devil came to him three times. Each time, he would repel him by throwing stones at him until he reached his destination. Following the steps of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam, Muslims around the world gather to proceed to the stoning of the devil. Hajj is then completed with the celebration of Eid al Adha for those who are not performing the pilgrimage, while those the pilgrims need to have their heads shaved while women need only to cut a fingertip length of hair. Once the shaving and cutting of hair are done, pilgrims are allowed to leave the state of Ihram. 8. Tawaaf al Ziyarah This Tawaaf is performed after all the rituals of Mina, Rami Al Jamarat, the sacrifice of an animal and the cutting of the hair. 9. Tawaaf al Wida It is the last Tawaaf performed before leaving Mecca, where one gets to glance the last time at this magnificent structure to which they direct themselves during the daily prayers. Tips for first timers As you will be new to this amazing journey, you ought to prepare yourself well and make sure that you're well equipped until the very end of Hajj. Adopting a healthy lifestyle Hajj is indeed a wonderful experience, however, it requires a lot of physical endurance, due to the number of outdoor worships. Thus, months before, make sure that you adopt a healthy lifestyle and develop a strong stamina so that you don't get easily worn out during the rituals. Vaccinations and medical checkup Prior to your departure for Hajj, make sure you get vaccinated and have a medical checkup. People usually tend to fall sick after long traveling hours or even due to a change in climate. So make sure you take the necessary precautions before leaving. Outdoor Essentials A lot of these rituals involve walking and being constantly outdoors. Before you set out on your spiritual journey, you might want to keep a few things in your backpack. Hand sanitizers, sunscreen, and baby wipes are a must in your backpack. Keep a bottle of water as well, in case you break your wudhu. Prayer tools As far as Ibadaah is concerned, keep a mini prayer rug that you can carry around without any problem, as well a pocket Du'a and Qur'an with you. Most of your times will be dedicated to worship, and since there are some places where prayer rugs and Qur'ans won't be nearby, you might want to take your own with you. Practical info The Saudi government has passed a law that bans selfies in the two holiest cities of the country due to the excessive number of pictures being taken, in order to avoid disruptions during the rituals of Hajj. Phones or other devices are banned in the city of Mecca and Medina. During the few days that a Muslim will be in the holy city, he will be experiencing a rekindling of his faith along with a yearning to become a better person. The whole process of Hajj is a testimony of faith, devotion, and love to our Master, bringing millions of people together, regardless of their status or nationality. This land brings Muslims together as one Ummah, making them experience the rituals of Hajj in the same way. Reminding them that they are brothers, standing shoulder to shoulder in prayer and coming together to serve the religion of one God. And when one enters the holy city with the intention of accomplishing the Hajj solely for the pleasure of Allah, he will find contentment in his heart and become a newborn soul, discovering this Deen all over again....

  • Halal Food Guide Launched by Tourism New Zealand

    Breath taking landscapes, icy cold mountains, crystal clear waters, greenery as far as the eye can see, all these phrases would never be sufficient to describe the natural beauty New Zealand comprises of. Due to its natural features the country is an iconic location for film makers, to add that beautiful zing to movies. Well if directors all over the world fly thousands of miles due to the indescribable beauty of this country, it is without a doubt that New Zealand is a country that must be visited by any travel junkie. For Muslim travellers however the most tedious task in visiting a country with a Muslim minority in the community would be finding locations to obtain halal food. New Zealand is a country very well known for its tender and juicy roasts, barbeques , pies and mouthwatering desserts. It would be such a pity if any Muslim traveller was to visit this beautiful country and stick to vegan only dishes due to halal concerns specially if you are a person who loves tender and succulent meat. The Tourism New Zealand has decided to assist the huge crowd of Muslim travellers visiting the country each year by providing support to ensure that all Halal travellers are able to locate and find halal food at ease without any disappointments. In order to do so , they have issued a Halal food guide which features the list of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets and grocery stores where Muslim travellers would be able to locate halal food in New Zealand and eat to their hearts content without having any concern. Download the New Zealand Halal Food Guide here! Check out our Locals Guide to New Zealand! In 2016, The Halal food guide was previously released, featuring 567 halal listings of restaurants, cafes and supermarkets but the newer version features 289 more options added to the previous listing. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand was compiled on the initiative of Tourism New Zealand along with the cooperation of "The Kiwi Muslim directory" (which is a portal where halal businesses, organizations, prayer locations and times are listed) and "FIANZ" (The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand).   User-friendly Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com Picture Credit: production-editors.newzealand.com I am sure you have all experienced typing and searching through the internet for halal food options in any country that you may have visited. Reading each and every review, thousands and thousands of clicks and searches can make any trip frustrating. But if New Zealand is your next destination for your trip all you have to do is to download the halal food guide and you are good to go ! The Halal Food guide is designed so that it is user-friendly. The halal guide uses a symbol to categorize the three types of halal-friendly outlets available in the list. The categories included are; Certified by FIANZ: green circular symbol with a capital “F” in the centerMuslim-owned: purple circular symbol with a white tick at its centreVegan-only: green leaf symbol These symbols help any halal traveller to clearly identify and choose an eatery of their choice. Please note that the vegetarian eateries included in the guide are not halal certified or muslim-owned, but are claimed to be purely vegan. Hence, please check with the members of staff regarding any oil or other ingredients that may be impermissible (in Islam) before consuming. The Halal Food Guide of New Zealand covers a range of cities of the beautiful country, and the halal restaurant list is organized in a way which will easily enable Muslim travellers to locate halal food nearby. The guide is mainly divided into two sectors; one which is NORTH ISLAND and the other which is SOUTH ISLAND. In these sectors, you will find a list of the major cities of each island and the restaurants featured along with the addresses, telephone numbers and contact information. Therefore if you have any concern regarding the food served or any menu inquiries you can dial the phone right away. North island is further divided to Auckland (central, north, east, south and west are further divisions), Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Lake Taupao, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Whanganui, Wellington and Wairarapa and finally Manawatu . On the other hand, the South Island is further divided into Nelson and Marlborough, Canterbury, West coast, Southern Lakes, Dunedin and Southland. So whether your holiday to New Zealand is among the busy city lights in Auckland, or among the hills of Waikato or even at the Majestic Canterbury or maybe a mixture of all the cities over a couple of weeks. You will be able to locate restaurants, cafes, and even supermarkets out and about New Zealand, thanks to the halal food guide.   North Island Central AucklandIn Central Auckland you would be able to locate an abundant of spots to eat without any hassle what so ever. In this city, you will find a total of 72 spots featured, out of which 18 are vegan-only diners (not halal certified) and the rest of the restaurants are either owned by Muslims or certified by FIANZ. There also 9 bakeries and snack food places available in the halal food guide and five meat and grocery stores which are all certified by FIANZ for selling halal meat. North AucklandAt Northern Auckland you would be able to find some great spots for some Arabian food especially if you are a fan of grilled kebabs and chicken. The halal food guide includes 15 restaurants and 2 grocery stores in which you will be able to locate halal food . East AucklandAt East Auckland there are no halal bakeries and snack food options listed in the halal guide. However, there are 11 restaurants out of which three are beautiful restaurants that serve pizza, and are all halal certified. Southern AucklandIn Southern Auckland , you will have no worries buying yourself a good cut of halal meat to whip up a warm meal at home. The Halal Guide shows 16 meat and grocery stores that are either Muslim-owned or Fianz certified. Apart from the meat shops, the Guide includes a list of 5 bakeries and 34 restaurants which is quite a bigger number compared to East and North Auckland. Out of the 34 spots included in the halal guide, only 3 locations are vegan-only restaurants which serve traditional south Indian food while the rest of the locations are halal certified. West Auckland and WhangareiOptions are rather limited in these two locations. West Auckland is listed to have around 13 restaurants and a couple of meat and grocery stores. Most of the halal certified restaurants weigh towards the Indian and middle eastern cuisine. In Whangerei, there are only 2 locations listed in the halal guide, one being a grocery store and the other being a vegan-only Indian Restaurant. Hamilton, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Te Aroha and Te KuitiThese locations which are all situated just below Auckland contain quite a number of halal friendly restaurants but are not very much as concentrated as Auckland. There are a total of 7 restaurants throughout the 5 locations with Hamilton containing the majority. There are also a total of 3 meat and grocery stores throughout the 5 locations. TaurangaIf you are fond of visiting the beautiful volcano of Tauranga, your halal food options will be among the four restaurants included in the guide in which the majority is influenced by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Rotorua and Lake TapuoAdmire the beauty of the volcanic landscapes and geothermal fields of Rotorua and cruise on a beautiful boat ride along the magnificient Taupo lake while dining in one of the seven halal restaurant options available in the area. Majority of these restaurants are influenced by the middle eastern cuisine where you would be able to enjoy a yummy kebab platter and middle eastern flat breads. Unfortunately there are no halal grocery stores or bakery and snack food outlets recommended by the Kiwi Muslim directory. Hawke's BayEnjoy a stroll down beautiful lanscapes of the Hawke’s Bay and enjoy the beautiful climate of the region. While you are at it, you will have 8 options of restaurants to choose from. A highlight restaurant in the region is "Café Anatlia Turkish Cusine" which will serve you some mouth watering food to munch on during your beautiful stay. New Plymouth, Whanganui, Taihape and HaweraHalal food options are rather limited in these areas, with two meat and grocery stores at New Plymounth and Whanganui and all four locations have a total of seven options of restaurants to eat from. Although there are limited options of Halal food options, these areas are incredibly beautiful with their natural landscapes for you to admire. I definitely recommend that you give these places a go, while keeping track of your pit stops for some of the halal restaurants mentioned in the guide. Wellington and MastertonThis little stop before jumping over to South Island offers some great halal eateries for you. Both areas combined have 15 food options to choose from, 4 of them being vegan-only cafes and the rest of the eateries are Muslim owned for you to stock up on the meat.   South Island Nelson, Marlborough and MurchisonSo for our first stop at South Island, I have got to say halal options are rather limited in this area, with only 4 restaurants recommended by the halal guide. ChristchurchEnjoy the beauty of the Garden city of Christchurch which is adorned by beautiful flora as far as the eye can see. While you are at Christchurch make sure to dine at some of the best resturants in the area which are included in the halal guide. Pick your spot from the 10 restaurants and 5 halal-friendly grocery stores as per your preference. Unlike the other regions mentioned earlier, Christchurch has a variety of restaurants with different cuisines to choose from during your halal holiday to New Zealand. DunedinDunedin is a very great stop to all the Wildlife enthusiasts who visits New Zealand. It also has some great spots to grab halal food as seen on the list. With 12 options on the list, 11 are muslim-owned and one is a vegan-only eatery. Unfortunately the halal guide does not recommend any meat or grocery stores in the area. Queenstown and WanakaThe adventure capital of New Zealand which is Queenstown comprises of 2 recommended halal food outlets for Muslims where both are Turkish Restaurants, the same goes with Wanaka which has only one option in the list. From the guide it is clearly visible that halal food options are very much concentrated around North Island of New Zealand in which Central Auckland has an abundance of eateries for you to choose from. There are lesser options in the South Island, but be adventurous and don't miss the chance to go out and about the country while having the nearby halal restaurants in mind. Since there are telephone numbers and addresses included in the guide, planning your holiday to New Zealand is definitely going to be a piece of cake. Get your bags packed and head to the beautiful land of New Zealand where exciting thrills, beautiful landscapes and delicious food awaits you. For further information visit https://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/halal-guide-for-new-zealand/   For more travel guides, check out our Halal travel blog or download the Halaltrip Islamic travel app to help locate Halal restaurants and prayer locations near you....

  • 8 Halal Restaurants in Bandar Seri Begawan,Brunei - A Halal Dining Guide

    Bandar Seri Begawan – previously known as Brunei Town – is the capital of Brunei, where life revolves around malls and restaurants. While it is a Muslim majority country and Halal food is therefore easy to find, this is our guide to the top Halal restaurants in Bandar Seri Begawan, so that all those choices don’t overwhelm you!   1) Aminah Arif Restaurant Picture Credit - brutourbn.wordpress.com This is probably the most popular restaurant that serves authentic Brunei food. It is most known for its ambuyat, a thick starchy porridge that is a signature dish – and one of the most popular Halal dishes – of Brunei. If you want to leave Brunei with the taste of the food engraved in your memory (or your tongue), this is where it will happen. Great food, good service, and affordability all make it a top Halal restaurant with the locals and tourists alike. With multiple branches in Brunei, the one in Kilap is the closest to Bandar Seri Begawan. Total: 5 Outlets Website: www.aminaharif.com.bn   2) Kaizen Sushi Picture Credit - placesmap.net Kaizen Sushi is a bit of an unconventional Halal fine dining restaurant in Bandar Seri Begawan. Styled in typical Japanese fashion, they serve food that looks as good as it tastes. With private rooms that can accommodate around 8 to 10 adults, it’s perfect for a gathering, even if it is a bit pricey. Address: Block G, Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, Jalan Pretty, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BS8711 Phone: +673 222 6336 Website: www.facebook.com/kaizensushibrunei/ Click here for more Information on Kaizen Sushi   3) Gwad Basha Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/gwadbashaarabian We can’t talk about Halal food without mentioning Arabic cuisine. Gwad Basha serves Lebanese, Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine, and is most loved for its grilled dishes – and who doesn’t love a place that can cook their meat to perfection? The mixed grill and kebabs are said to be some of the best Halal dishes in Brunei. While it is a little heavy on the wallet, the food is well worth it! Address: Unit 1A, Heng Thai Property Centre, 22 Simpang, Dato Ratna Road, Bandar Seri Begawan 1318, Brunei Phone: +673 245 0009 Website: www.facebook.com/gwadbashaarabian 4) Pondok Sari Wangi Picture Credit - www.facebook.com/Pondok-Sari-Wangi-Seafood-Restaurant-1055954971145153 This is most people’s top choice of Indonesian, but since it is, you’ll fare better making a reservation in advance. The restaurant is a busy one because the food speaks for itself. With mouth-watering sauces and spicy sambals, this is one to tickle your taste buds. Total : 3 Outlets 1 of 3 Address: Jerudong Park Food Court Phase 1, Kg Jerudong, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei BG3122 Contact: +673 261 0728 Website: pondoksariwangi.blogspot.com 5) Awais Rice 'n Grill Picture Credit - Facebook.com Here’s a place that serves delicious food without having to make a reservation. Awais Rice ‘n Grill serves Indian and Pakistani food, and their rice dishes, as well as their grilled meats, are all delicacies that you have to try for yourself. Quick service and affordable prices, plus food fresh and hot make this place a favorite. Address: 144 A Ground Floor Jalan Pemancha, BA2110 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Phone: +673 222 5397 6) Kimchi Restaurant Picture Credit -www.facebook.com/KimchiRestaurant.brunei While Korean restaurants can be found all over Bandar Seri Begawan, Kimchi Restaurant is the best. With rice cakes served with hot sauce, Korean BBQ cooked to perfection, and the kimchi just right, what’s not to love? Address: Unit 19, Block B, Regent Square, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Phone: +673 222 2233 Website: www.facebook.com/KimchiRestaurant.brunei/ 7) Dim Sum Picture Credit - tripadvisor.com Want Chinese food for breakfast? Dim Sum has it! Like its name states, Dim Sum serves up some great Halal Chinese dishes. Not exactly a place for fine dining, it is known for its cheap, affordable food in sizeable portions and good service. Address: No107-110, Pap Umi Kalthum Shophouses | Jalan Laksmana Abdul Razak, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam   Phone: +673 222 0181 8) I Lotus Restaurant Picture Credit - www.ilotusrestaurant.com Essentially a Chinese restaurant with Thai dishes added recently, iLotus is one of the top Halal restaurants in Bandar Seri Begawan. Expect it to be crowded, since it is so popular! The Curry Prawns in Coconut Shell are one of the more popular Halal dishes in Brunei, so be sure to try it. Address: Jalan Rakyat Jati Rimba, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Phone: +673 242 2466 Website: www.ilotusrestaurant.com Click Here for more information on I Lotus Restaurant Now that you have the lowdown on our Halal dining guide Bandar Seri Begawan, what are you waiting for? Go treat yourself! Wondering how to find nearby Halal food in Brunei? Don’t forget to use the Halaltrip app to locate Halal food places on your mobile in Brunei so you won’t miss out on the best halal food  ...