Many people come to Japan, to Osaka to taste Japanese and Osakan food: sushi, ramen, konamon (okonomiyaki, takoyaki), etc. Visitors from Islamic countries are able to enjoy sushi and konamon without any problems as they mostly consist of fish and vegetables. But until recently, it was difficult to enjoy other Japanese foods such as ramen, yakiniku and sukiyaki (which are mostly meat) as these dishes are not halal. What a pity!
The good news is, in the past five years, Muslim friendly Japanese restaurants have increased. Now you can eat ramen and sukiyaki even if you are Muslim here in Osaka. I took the time to check out some of the local restaurants and am very excited to present them to you here and in other blog posts. Here we go!
Ramen is a popular dish in Japan. Cheap and tasty, Japanese people like to stop at ramen restaurants with friends or even alone to refuel! This famous Japanese dish consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat, chicken, or fish-based broth, usually flavored with soy sauce or miso, and including toppings such as sliced pork, dried seaweed, bamboo shoots, and green onions. Pork! What a pity. This of course means that Muslims cannot enjoy this meal. But now there are several places in Osaka and in Japan where we can enjoy halal ramen! Instead of the standard pork, you can enjoy your ramen with halal chicken.
You can find Naritaya a five-ten minute walk from Shinsaibashi station. It is a pretty good place if you want to taste ramen while being muslim.
- A welcoming entrance for Muslims and others.
- Certificates which show Naritaya is a halal restaurant.
- Dinner menu / Lunch menu
- C set: shoyu ramen, karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and rice
- Explanations about how to eat these Japanese foods
- Prayer room you can use before or after your meal
Other blog posts will sure follow about more halal restaurants in Japan and halal Japanese foods in Osaka. Also, do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to recommend you many other places at any time.