With pork being a key ingredient in many Chinese dishes, it may prove challenging to find authentic halal Chinese food in Singapore. However, as many Muslims look to expand their palate, many eateries have popped up to accept that challenge. With the creation of halal Chinese dishes, our Muslim friends can now enjoy new foodies that were not easily accessible before.
Here are 8 halal-certified Chinese restaurants that prove that Chinese food can still be tasty even without the addition of pork, lard or even cooking wine.
Photo Credit: Mak’s Place
MAK’S PLACE – THE HAWKERANT
Mak’s Place offers an array of food choices ranging from Asian to Western cuisine. They have Sirloin Steak that is grilled to perfection as well as other Western delights that are sure to impress.
However, the highlight here is their Chinese cuisine. Everything from their Kung Bao Chicken to their Sambal Stingray is priced affordably and come in generous portions, making Mak’s place the perfect eatery for a get together with friends and family.
410 Changi Road
(Closed on Mondays)
Tues to Sun: 4pm – 1am
Tel: +65 6844 7656
Nearest Station: Kembangan
It is so hard to find a halal dim sum place as pork has always been a key ingredient in many of these Cantonese dishes, however, we have found one for you! The Dim Sum Place is tucked away in North Bridge Road and serves Cantonese and local fusion food. Beef and mutton replace the commonly used pork to give the Cantonese dishes a whole new flavour.
One can get common dim sums such as Chicken Siew Mai and Traditional Egg Tarts, but perhaps an unusual offering that warrants a try is their Vermicelli Roll with Lamb Rendang. The rice roll wrapped around the delicious mutton filling is light, and the gravy poured over it just before it is served makes this dish an absolute delight.
791 North Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6655 8787
Daily: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bugis
TANG TEA HOUSE
Tang Tea House offers mouth-watering dumplings that you can share over a meal with family and friends at this spacious restaurant. Its relaxing atmosphere will be one of the best parts of this dining experience.
One of their most popular dishes includes their Pan-Fried Bee Hoon With Seafood and Red Chilli Dumpling. The Pan-Fried Bee Hoon is value-for-dollar. While the top of the bee hoon is crispy, the bottom of it remains chewy. It is like trying two dishes at the price of one! Meanwhile, chilli lovers will definitely enjoy the Red Chilli Dumpling. These dumplings soaked in spicy chilli oil tingles your tongue like no other.
242 Jalan Kayu
Tel: +65 6483 2298
Mon to Sun: 11am – 3am
Nearest Station: Jalan Kayu
Photo Credit: Zi Yun Beef Noodles
YI ZUN BEEF NOODLES
Yi Zun Beef Noodles is the perfect place for Muslim foodies to broaden their food palate. It serves authentic Sichuanese dishes that will numb your tongue! The chance to see the chef prepare the noodles and spiced cold beef are all part of the dining experience.
The noodles are all handmade, giving them its signature chewy texture. When coupled with the clear broth, it will be an understatement to say the noodles are delightful. The nice ambience of the restaurant makes it suitable for dates and gatherings.
45 Sam Leong Road
Mon to Sun: 10am – 10pm
Tel: +65 8285 1400
Nearest Station: Farrer Park
Originating from Gansu Lanzhou, this halal-certified noodle house is sure to tug at your taste buds. Specialising in La Mian, this place offers just three different bowls of noodles, Signature Beef La Mian, Seafood La Mian, and Cool Mixed La Mian.
The thin springy noodles are served piping hot with seafood or beef slices. The seafood is fresh while the lightly marinated beef slices are tender. Finally, chilli oil is doused on top as the final touch to infuse the spicy flavour into the soup. This is definitely a haven for noodle (and beef) lovers!
10 Eunos Road 8
SingPost Centre #01–136
Tel: +65 6747 1588
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Eunos
Photo Credit: Habib Family Restaurant
HABIB FAMILY RESTAURANT
The Malay community now has a chance to taste the wonderful flavours of Bak Kut Teh, not using pork of course! Habib Family Restaurant uses beef ribs to replicate the goodness of the Chinese dish for all to enjoy. Using the original formula to create the taste of traditional Bak Kut Teh, the chef created a rich herbal broth that is both comforting, intense and brimming with meaty flavour profiles.
The dish is best eaten with their home-made sambal belacan and steamed white rice! Habib Family Restaurant will open your mind to new flavours and is yet another tasty halal-certified eatery to take Singapore by storm.
374 Bukit Batok Street 31
Daily: 6am – 1am
Tel: +65 6561 6976
Nearest Station: Bukit Gombak
Photo Credit: Segar Village
Here, you will find quality live seafood offered at affordable prices. This place is a crab lover’s paradise! What better way to enjoy Singapore Chilli Crab than with the simple decorations and clean setting of Segar Village? The crabs are firm and each bite of the sweet flesh will prove their freshness. While the sauce is spicy, it definitely does not overwhelm the texture and taste of the crab.
The spicy and tangy chilli sauce will linger in your mouth minutes after the first bite. Having their fried man tou along with the delicious sauce allows for an even greater appreciation of the spicy flavour. The thick and creamy sauce hits all the right notes and each bite will only leave you more addicted than before!
19 Sims Way
Tel: +65 6547 1031
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11.30pm
Nearest Station: Kallang
Photo Credit: Jiak
JIAK MODERN TZE CHAR
Jiak Modern Tze Char is the go-to place for both traditional and modern tze char. Its cosy environment provides the best ambience to munch on comfort food while bonding with your family and friends. Their Fish Head Curry is among their many well-received dishes but it is their Prawn Paste Chicken that really steals the show.
The Prawn Paste Chicken is fried until beautifully golden brown. While the outside provides a solid crunch, the inside stays moist, soft and tastes almost buttery, nicely capturing the flavour of the prawn paste. The Fish Head Curry, on the other hand, has a rich and spicy sauce that is especially appetizing when coupled with a bowl of rice.
4 Hillview Rise
Tel: +65 6265 1097
Daily: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Hillview