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  • 8 Dishes you Must Try in Jordan

    Jordan is an amazing country to visit, with oodles of history and culture. A big part of this culture, as with any Middle Eastern country, is the delicious food. The Jordanian cuisine shares a lot of similarities with its neighboring countries - namely, the abundant use of olive oil, eggplants, tomatoes, yoghurt, nuts, spices, and so forth. Grains like rice, bulgar, wheat, and freekah are widely used. The most commonly used meat is lamb, but goat and camel are also pretty popular. However, Jordanian cuisine is different enough, such that it can stand on its own. With delicious rice dishes and slow cooked or grilled meat, as well as sweet desserts full of nuts and spices, your Muslim-friendly tour to Jordan is sure to leave your belly bursting with yummy food. As it is a Muslim-majority country, you also won't have trouble finding Halal food in Jordan. Just take a walk down the streets and you'll come upon lots of Jordanian street food, Jordanian sweets, and more. Here's some of the best Jordanian food that you should look out for: Find a Halal Hotel in Jordan Go on a Halal Trip to Jordan with us   1. Mansaf Picture Credit - Evan Carroll, commons.wikimedia.org  Ask anyone who knows anything about Jordan's food, and they'll tell you that you can't complete your Halal trip to Jordan without trying Mansaf, the country's national dish. Tender meat marinated in fermented yoghurt is cooked and layered with thin flatbreads and deliciously aromatic rice, the whole lot cooked with plenty of spices. It is served with jameed, a tangy yogurt sauce and even more flatbreads. The meat used is traditionally lamb (or even camel), but you can also find versions of chicken Mansef as well. Mansef is traditionally served in a large platter that is meant for sharing, as most Jordanian food is. 2. Kibbeh Picture Credit - Bazel, commons.wikimedia.org Kibbeh is to the Middle East as meatballs are to Italians. Kibbeh is a traditional Levant dish that is made using minced meat (most often lamb, goat, or camel), mixed with onions, bulgar wheat and spices like nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. This mixture is then shaped into a ball or lemon shape, and fried or even baked. Kibbeh are an essential feature of the mezze platter.   3. Mezze Picture credit - Unai Guerra, commons.wikimedia.org If you want to try Halal Jordanian dishes, but aren't sure what choices to go with (because they all sound delicious, let's be honest), then you might want to start off with the mezze, a starting platter that features all kinds of traditional Jordanian food treats, many of which you've probably heard of. A typical mezze would comprise any combination of deep-fried kibbeh, samosas (dough balls stuffed with meat, onions, pine nuts), falafel (chickpea fritters), creamy labaneh (strained yogurt), and dips made of crushed beans or vegetables, like hummus (chickpeas), Baba ghaboush (eggplants), ful medames (fava beans), and more. Arabic salads (tabouleh, fattoush), pickled vegetables, olives, halloumi, and flatbreads also make an appearance.   4. Maqluba Picture Credit - aboveandbelow.info The word “Maqluba” translates literally to “upside down”. This is because this slow-cooked rice dish is traditionally cooked with the meat and vegetables at the bottom. When it is served, the entire pan is turned upside down so as to display the beautiful colors of the red tomatoes and golden eggplants, in a tidy little rice “cake”. This dish goes back to the 13th century Kitab al-Tabikh, a collection of recipes from medieval Baghdad. It is most commonly prepared in homes, and every family has their own special recipe that they swear is the best! Although rare, you may come upon it in a menu in one or two restaurants. Otherwise, just befriend a local and get yourself invited for dinner – simple!   5. Kanafeh Picture Credit - Elif Ayse, commons.wikimedia.org Kanafeh if a traditional dessert that features thin strands of pastry piled on top of tangy cream or cheese. It is then soaked with a sweet sugar syrup flavored with orange blossom or rose water and garnished with crushed pistachios. Although this dish originated from Palestine, it is said to have spread across the Levant during the Ottoman rule. Today, different countries have their own slightly different version of this delicious dessert. Perfect for special occasions, or even as an afternoon treat, one bite of the Kanafeh will keep you coming back for more!   6. Manakesh Picture Credit - Mervat Salman, commons,wikimedia.org Manakesh is one of the most popular Jordanian street foods. It's often called the Arabic “pizza”, and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or just as a snack! Similar to a pizza, a flatbread dough is rolled to a round shaped and topped with za'atar (a herb and spice mixture). It can then be baked as is with a drizzle of olive oil, or topped off with eggs, halloumi (a type of white cheese), and/or ground meat. Manakesh is traditionally baked in a brick oven, also similar to pizza.   7. Zaarb Picture Credit - wadirumjeeptours.com If you hadn't guessed yet, rice is pretty popular in Jordan! Zaarb is another rice dish that is served with meat and vegetables. But what makes this one so special is the way in which the meat is prepared and cooked. For this, a truncated oven called the tabun (traditionally made of clay, but modern versions are made of metal. The meat goes though a long slow-cooking process, after which it emerges in its most tender, fall-off-the-bone, mouthwatering form! It is also a popular campfire dish, with the meat being cooked in a pit filled with hot coals and covered with sand.   8. Tea & Coffee Picture Credit - arabiczeal.com Jordanians are one of the most hospitable people in the world, and one of their most common customs is sitting down for a cup of tea or coffee with their guests. Even strangers will invite you into their home for a cup of hot liquid gold! But unlike the grandes and big gulps, Turkish tea and coffee is often served in small glasses meant to be downed quickly. The tea is often flavored with cardamon, and the coffee with sage. There is also a difference between Turkish and Arabic coffee, both of which you can find in Jordan. Find a Mosque near you in Jordan Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Jordan...

  • 5 Child-Friendly Eateries in Singapore

    Fancy going out for a bite, but have no one to leave your children with? Or maybe you want to take your kids and are looking for the perfect place where the both of you are going to have an awesome time. Either way, we've got you covered with a list of Family-friendly Halal Restaurants in Singapore. With good food, a cozy environment, and most importantly, child-friendly activities, you and your kids are more than welcome and will have a great time, guaranteed!     Credits - giphy.com   1) FIKA Swedish Café & Bistro   FIKA is a Swedish family-friendly Halal restaurants in Singapore. With two outlets set in the midst of OneKM Mall and by the roadside, the decor that is set to represent a lawn with grass, trees and picnic tables is definitely unique. Try the blueberry soup or the ever-famous Swedish meatballs; there are plenty of wallet-friendly kids meals on the menu as well. And maybe you can even get a Swedish brownie to share with your tot at the end of the meal. They also have a small, but charming play area at their OneKM outlet, so your kids' bellies will be full and so will their smiles!     Location: Beach Road, 257 Beach Road. Contact: +65 6396 9096   Location: 11 Tanjong Katong Road, OneKM. Contact: +65 6702 2456   Click here for more information about FIKA Swedish Café & Bistro   2) La Marelle Café & Boutique   La Marelle is a Muslim-owned cafe that has a great ambience, friendly staff, and awesome food for you and your little one. It is located near the iconic Masjid Sultan, so stop by this family-friendly Halal restaurant in Singapore for a bit of rest and refreshment. They offer all day breakfast (who doesn’t love breakfast at any time of the day?), burgers, pastas, and more; but the reason it is such a perfect Halal restaurant for Muslim families is because it caters to adults as well as children. Get your child a classic kids favorite like mac and cheese, an awesome milkshake, or a slice of delicious cake! You can also keep them occupied happily with toys and books at the café.     Location: 25 Baghdad St, Singapore 199664. Contact: +65 8822 8536     Click here for information about La Marelle Café & Boutique 3) IKEA – Tampines   IKEA isn't just the king of DIY, affordable, and extremely cool furnishings and home decor; it's also one of the best places to grab a bite to eat and let your kids have a bit of fun at the play area - Småland. It was designed perfectly for kids to jump and run around, or just to rest and chill out under a unique man-made tree. IKEA also offers an IKEA Kids' Club, where kids with memberships get to participate in cool events and competitions, and also get awesome discounts on various items and food at their Halal restaurant, perfect for Muslim families! Meatballs, nuggets, pasta, and an assortment of desserts - need we say more? With kids meals, baby changing areas, and facilities to warm up milk for your little one, IKEA aims to give you a more relaxed and convenient dining and shopping experience.     Location: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764. Contact: +65 6786 6868   Click here for more information about IKEA – Tampines     4) La Pastificio, Sembawang Shopping Centre   This casual Italian restaurant is best known for its authentic pasta, delicious pizzas and perfectly cooked Western grill. On top of that, they also offer a great kids meal with a choice of rice/pasta served with fries and a drink - making it a great Halal restaurant for Muslim families to dine in. It is situated at Sembawang Shopping Centre, so you can stop by for lunch or dinner, once you're done with your shopping. Bring your kids along as it has a play area right inside the restaurant, with toys including trains and cooking sets provided for children to play. The mall even has a nursing room for those breastfeeding moms among you.     Location: Shopping Centre #01-26, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459. Contact: +65 9825 0065   Click here for more information about La Pastificio     5) Royals Café Picture Credit - www.royalcakes.com   With a bold statement of being "Singapore's No. 1 Halal Cake Specialist", and their delicious array of cakes, cookies, breads, and biscuits, they might just be! Not only do they deliver awesome desserts, they also have extensive savory menu that will satisfy any adult appetite (beef brisket sandwich anyone?). Apart from the delicious food, what makes this one of the most child-friendly Halal restaurants in Singapore is the fact that they also have a kids' menu of all-time favorites, and a LEGO corner for the kids to play in for as long as their little heart desires. Reasonable prices, brisk service and efficient staff all make for a jolly affair!     Location: 19 Upper East Coast Road, Crescendo Building (beside Jalan Tua Kong) S455209.Contact: 6444-2262   Click here for more information about Royals Café   What better way to spend some down time as a family than around a table with good food? And that’s even better if you don’t have to do the washing up! ...

  • 5 Great Halal Breakfast or Brunch Spots in Singapore

    Having a great Halal brunch and breakfast in Singapore – or anywhere really – is one of life’s simple pleasures. The lion city is known for its delicious Halal cafes and restaurants, and there is plenty of Halal food – both Halal certified and Muslim-owned. Halal brunch cafes in Singapore make for a cosy dining event, and you might want to skip dinner the night before to get the most out of these delectable places. Here is our guide to the best spots for Halal breakfast or brunch in Singapore:   1) La Marelle  A whimsical, fun, dreamy restaurant on Baghdad Street, La Marelle is not Halal-certified but its meat is from Halal sources. They have an all-day breakfast, so it really doesn’t matter what time of day it is, if you are in the mood for breakfast! If you have company, their bigger dishes are rather filling and can be shared, or you can opt for a light croissant, scones and banana bread. La Marelle also has an excellent espresso with a secret recipe – perfect for a morning-cap! If you’re not a fan of the usual strong and bitter espresso, this one is for you. Since they offer free wifi, you could decide to stay on and have lunch there too!For more information on La Marelle   2) Butter Studio  This Halal-certified bakery is known for its Sea Salt Nutella Tart (don’t you want it already?), but they are more than just a cosy café. Butter Studio knows just how to tickle your taste buds with a perfect balance of flavours. Savour the ambience (and every single crumb) with dishes like the Godfather Burger, Eggs Neptune, Norwegian Royale and more – all classic breakfast food with a Butter Studio twist. This might be the best Halal brunch you have in Singapore!  For more information on Butter Studio   3)  Penny University  A Muslim-owned artisanal coffeehouse, the quirky name is based after 17th century London coffeehouses where the entrance fee was a penny, and it gained you access to company, newspapers, and the latest gossip. Kind of like a bar but Halal! History coming through means that they have pretty affordable meals, with exotic and interesting combinations in there as well, so for those who dare to try something new, this one’s for you. It is almost always crowded, but a great place for some Halal Sunday brunch in Singapore if you can get seats!For more information on Penny University   4) The Bravery Café  Prefer lunch for breakfast? The Bravery’s got you! They start serving mains as early as 9am (yes, seriously). But if you would rather your breakfast be… well, breakfast, don’t worry, they’ve got that too. The Pancake Stack and Lavender Latte are the most popular items on the menu, so don’t miss out on those. A good cup of espresso, toast, bagels, eggs and more are also on offer. For more information on The Bravery Café    5) Hotel Buffets If you are looking for something a little classier, a Halal breakfast at a Singapore hotel is the answer. There are several Muslim-friendly hotels in Singapore that offer breakfast from their Halal-certified kitchens, like Straits Kitchen Restaurant at Grand Hyatt, Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts, Aquamarine Restaurant at Marina Mandarin, and Tiffany Café & Restaurant at Furama City Centre.    Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides to Singapore       ...

  • 10 Great Halal Spots in Singapore to Grab Lunch

    It’s hard to pick a favourite meal of the day when the options for each are so amazingly delicious. But in the middle of a busy day, lunch is always welcome! Whether you’re catching up with friends, taking a break from the office scene, or simply taking some time to yourself, food plays an important part in shaping those moments. Here is our take on the best 10 restaurants to grab lunch in Singapore: 1) Nana Thai Restaurant Credit: flickr.com If a few of you are looking for value for money, look no further than Nana Thai. Its Pineapple Rice has been raved about and the food portions run in large amounts. Be prepared to come with empty stomachs and wipe your plates clean with the perfectly sized shareable dishes at Nana Thai! Beach Rd Branch address: #01-51/52, 5001 Beach Rd, Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588Phone: 6297 8498Nearest prayer place: Hajjah Fatimah MosqueBusiness hours: 11:30am to 10pm daily More information on Nana Thai Restaurant here! 2) Carousel Credit: Carousel Carousel is one of those restaurants that just have to make it to any list about food. They are renowned for their delicious meals, and their buffet is perfect if you have a hearty appetite. Even if you’re someone who does not do justice to buffets, you'll find yourself eating the entire morning just so you can pile on the food! With a large variety on hand, the buffet at Carousel is sure to please any culinary taste – from rice, to seafood, to dumplings. Private rooms are also available for large groups to have the privacy they need while still enjoying. To avoid disappointment, make sure to book beforehand! Address: 25 Scotts Rd, Lobby Level, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Royal Plaza, 228220Phone: 6589 7799Business hours: 6:30 to 10am, 12 to 2pm, 3:30 to 5:30pm, 6:30 to 9:30pm dailyNearest prayer place: Royal Plaza on Scotts More information on Carousel here! 3) Hajah Maimunah Restaurant Credit: Hajah Maimunah If you are looking for something a little different but delicious, Hajah Maimunah hits the spot. Authentic Malay food at reasonable prices makes this restaurant a must-try, with speciality dishes like Sudanese grilled chicken and grilled fish that are not necessarily Malay but incredibly delicious anyway! Jalan Pisang branch address: 11 & 15 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199078Phone: 6297 4294Business hours: 7am to 8pm daily except SundaysNearest prayer place: Sultan Mosque Joo Chiat branch address: 20 Joo Chiat Road #01-02 Singapore 427357Phone: 6348 5457Business hours: 8am to 9pm daily except MondaysNearest prayer place: Darul Arqam For more info on Hajah Maimunah Restaurant click here!  4) Yellow Submarine Credit: Yellow Submarine Rice and its accompaniments are not everyone’s cup of tea, so Singapore’s halal version of Subway might be up your alley if you’re one of them. With tender, juicy meats, it is as good as any Subway! Make sure to have their Tornado Fries, one of the best cheese fries around. Be prepared for a messy meal and for slightly steep prices though. Bugis branch address: 200 Victoria Street, #B1-K24, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021Phone: 6337 1314Business hours: 10:30am to 10pm dailyNearest prayer place: Sultan Mosque Toa Payoh branch address: Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central. #01-110, Singapore 310177Phone: 6352 7890Business hours: 10:30am to 10pm dailyNearest prayer place: Masjid Alkaff Serangoon, Masjid Ba’alwie For more info on Yellow Submarines click here! 5) Tang Tea House   Credit: Tang Tea House It’s hard to come by good Chinese food that is halal, as pork and alcohol play a major role in the cuisine - which is why it is so great that Tang Tea House has chefs that are not only from Shanghai, but are also Muslim! Bask in the glory of not having to worry about whether a morsel of your food is halal or not, and just fill your stomach. Dim sums and chicken dumplings are amongst the signature dishes at this restaurant. Jalan Kayu branch address: 242 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799466Phone: 6483 2298Business hours: 12pm to 2amNearest prayer place: Al-Mawaddah Mosque, Al-Islah Mosque Simpang Bedok branch address: 357/359 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469545Phone: 6445 9100Business hours: 11am to 2am (Sun-Thurs) and 11am to 3am (Fri, Sat and public holidays)Nearest prayer place: Al-Taqua Mosque Jurong West branch address: 414 Jurong West St 42, #01-783, Singapore 640414Phone: 6493 2522Business hours: 11am to 11pm (Sun-Thurs) and 11am to 2am (Fri, Sat and public holidays)Nearest prayer place: Assyakirin Mosque, Maarof Mosque More information on Tang Tea House here! 6) Aquamarine Credit: flickr.com Like the name suggests, this place is a seafood paradise. With an incredible spread of crabs – classic Black Pepper Crab, or Stone Crab to name a few; prawns, mussels and more, Aquamarine certainly makes for some delicious dining. Take your time at the buffet, and satisfy your under the sea cravings. Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 4, Marina Mandarin, 039594Phone: 6845 1111Business hours: 12pm to 2:30pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm dailyNearest prayer place: Burhani Mosque, Sultan Mosque More information on Aquamarine here! 7) Wilder Credit: Wilder When you don’t have time for an elaborate meal, Wilder is the perfect place to grab some coffee and brunch. A very hip cafe, its rustic look only adds to the delicious blends of coffee and menu. Apart from its food, Wilder also hosts a number of collaborations such as bake sales for charity and ‘Acoustic Evenings’, featuring local musicians, from time to time. Address: 749 North Bridge Rd, 198717Phone: 6635 1136Business hours: 12:30pm to 10pm dailyNearest prayer place: Sultan Mosque More information on Wilder here! 8) Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant A fabulous view from the restaurant always takes lunch one step up. At the Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant, feast your eyes on the Johor Skyline while on a jetty right at the Woodlands Waterfront Park. The plethora of items on the menu – ranging from chicken to seafood, rice to noodles, and even hotplates – ensures that no one is left wanting of a certain type of food. Bonus points to the scenic walk along the jetty to help digest your meal! Address: 6A Admiralty Road, 757445Phone: 6366 9339Business hours: 2pm to 12am (Mon-Fri) and 12pm to 12am (Sat-Sun)Nearest prayer place: An-Nur Mosque For more info on Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant click here! 9) Puncak If you are a noodle person (and by that I mean that noodles is your favourite food), Puncak is the place to try. Besides their raved noodles, they have an amazing selection of their menu such as claypot rice and Hong Kong style food. Puncak also has the best fried wantons you’ll ever have. Light, crispy, and of course halal (!), pair it with sweet soy sauce and you’ll be WAN-ting more. Address: Far East Plaza #05-94, 14 Scotts Road (S)228213, 228213Phone: 6738 4348Business hours: 11:30am to 9:30pm dailyNearest prayer place: Royal Plaza on Scotts More information on Puncak here! 10) La Marelle Cafe and Boutique A small whimsical place to enjoy some quality time with a loved one, La Marelle Cafe and Boutique provides a little haven for some afternoon tea-like lunch. The prices might be a little steep for food that is rather simple, but the ambience adds charm to an otherwise ordinary meal. Address: 25A Baghdad St, Singapore 199664Phone: 81387654Business hours: 10am to 10pm dailyNearest prayer place: Sultan Mosque So there you have it! Get out of your usual go-to places and surprise your friends with interesting selections. Don't forget to download Halaltrip to find these restaurants easily as well as prayer spaces! For more info on La Marelle Cafe and Boutique click here! ...

  • 10 Halal Restaurants Around Arab Street that you Should Definitely Try

    Arab Street and the surrounding area near Sultan Mosque is one of the best places to find a variety of Halal restaurants in Singapore. It is a place bustling with merchants, traders and window-shoppers. Whether you go there to shop or not, it is a place that you must experience during a visit to Singapore. Said to be named after a noble Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed al Juneid, Arab Street has housed Muslims of various ethnicities – Arab, Malay, Indian, Bugis, Javanese and Boyanese decent. What started off as a trading centre and spice market, still continues today. The Muslim culture is still predominant here with the gold-domed Sultan Mosque that everyone rushes to when the call for prayer is announced.  Shopping can be done at your leisure. Scores of foreigners can be spotted too, bargaining for fabrics, inhaling the sweet scents, and taking in the atmosphere. With a vast range of Halal restaurants around Arab Street area, deciding where to eat could take some time. Here is our guide to some of the best Halal food on the street: 1) Zam Zam Restaurant Photo: Mutton Murtabak First up is a local favourite, an Indian-Muslim restaurant situated right across the Sultan mosque, known for its murtabak, nasi biryani, and fish head curry. In true cafeteria style, this Halal café does not disappoint when it comes to value for money. 2) Victory Restaurant Just next to Zam Zam is the Victory Restaurant. Offers a very similar cuisine to Zam Zam. Both are great places to try Murtabak and Biryani.  3) Rumah Makan Minang Located at the corner of Muscat street and Kandahar Street, it is definitely one of the best places to indulge in Indonesian cuisine. Their Beef Rendang is mouthwatering. You can also find some traditional Malay dishes as well. Not to be missed. Had most delicious lunch of traditional Malaysian dishes with @HalalTrip to talk about Singapore travel startups pic.twitter.com/uhQWh9h9lF — Dan Peltier (@djpeltier) March 5, 2016 4) Pondok Java Timur Not very obvious to spot from the street, this is a small Javanese restaurant that serves delicious dishes like Nasi Kuning, Nasi Campur, Nasi Goreng, etc. Their Kerapuk (Crackers) are really great. They serve Cendol as well. Photo: Nasi Kuning 5) Warong Nasi Pariaman One of the oldest food outlets serving Nasi Padang food. Food which traces back to city of Padang in Indonesia. It is located at the corner of North Bridge Road and Kandahar Street. Photo Credit: pariaman.com.sg 6) Alaturka Photo Credit: @sje2409 on Instagram  Generally, a place that requires a reservation, Alaturka is a Halal restaurant on Bussorah Street (adjoining Arab Street) with classic Turkish food. Aiming to make the world smaller by delivering irresistible Turkish cuisine to diners, Alaturka combines classic flavours with an authentic Turkish ambience. 7) House of Kebab Photo Credit: theforresterproject on Instagram  House of Kebab on Arab Street, Singapore, offers mouth-watering options of shawarmas. Wrapped with hummus and vegetables are grilled chicken, beef or lamb. Whether you want it creamy, garlicky or spicy, these kebabs will have you drooling for more. Filling and delicious, opt to dine-in or take-away. 8) Kampong Glam Cafe   Kampong Glam Café is hard to miss as it takes up the entire corner of Bussorah and Baghdad Street. When you have been walking around the streets, what you need is a meal that will fill you and this Halal café’s dishes packed with flavour will satisfy your needs. The Malay cuisine available here offers dishes like Nasi Padang, NasiLemak, Roti Kirai and Mee Rebus.  9) Bumbu Photo Credit: renztan on Instagram  Where Indonesian and Thai flavours unite, Bumbu is a surprisingly affordable Halal restaurant, perfect for big groups to get together and share big meals. With a menu packed with flavour, you can’t go wrong with anything you choose. The TauhuTelor (tofu deep fried into a crispy egg cake), Olive fried rice and Coffee Chicken are said to be lip-smackingly good.  10) Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro Photo Credit: funkygal173 on Instagram    Here’s one that you wouldn’t expect to be Halal! But it’s on the list to make sure that you don’t miss out! From crumbling pastries to wholesome meals of meats, pastas, salads and soups, Fika keeps things simple, and draws maximum flavour from the ingredients themselves. This Halal café on Arab Street, Singapore, is best known for its out-of-this-world meatballs. Let us know of we should any one of your favourites not mentioned here! ...



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