Explore Thai Food Halal
Depending on type of Thai food, generally speaking, the majority of Thai food is not Halal. Therefore, it’s important that you do your research and plan your trip thoroughly to ensure that the Thai restaurants you’re dining at are Halal.
However, many Thai restaurants offer seafood like shrimp and fish. Just make sure to ask what type of frying oil they use since in some cases pork fat is used. Ultimately it can only be decided by you whether or not you are comfortable enough to consume the food.
After a bit of planning, you should not have any issues finding restaurants serving Halal food.
All meat in Thailand is not Halal. The majority of Thai people do not practice Islam. Therefore, Halal meat is not as commonly used as it would be in a prominently Muslim country. Though, Thailand has plenty of Halal meat available in grocery stores like Lotus’s, Makro and Big C. Some of the brands which carry Halal meat include Betagro and CP. Be sure to check their meat packaging for a Halal seal.
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Thailand does also have plenty of Thai Halal restaurant that serve Halal meat. Explore some of the Halal restaurants on our website!
It’s a bit of a complicated subject but the short answer is that KFC in Thailand is not Halal since not every branch has a Halal certificate.
Here’s the longer and more complex answer. In a 2013 interview conducted by Halal Food Consumer Network, KFC gave their response as follows:
“All KFC products are all halal and are of the same standard in all branches nationwide, including chicken, seafood, nuggets and all kinds of seasonings.”.
However, KFC Thailand says the franchise has not applied for a Halal certificate from the The Central Islamic Council of Thailand because the application requires that all branches in each province have to make a separate request. The Halal inspection fee of all of KFC’s 700 branches is something that KFC admitted to not being able to keep paying for.
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Yes! We want to welcome our Muslim brothers and sisters from around the world to visit our beautiful country. Thailand is a Muslim friendly country that offer plenty of Halal food especially in the South of Thailand as well as around Bangkok. Plenty of mosques can be located throughout the country as well. Even though Muslims are in the minority, Thailand accepts Muslim people and welcome everyone.
Thailand is ranked as 12th in the world of leading global exporter of halal products. Having a Muslim population of more than five percent, the country has many Halal products and Halal restaurants available.
Finding Halal Food in Thailand
Thai cuisine is beloved and deeply ingrained in the country’s culture, yet it may not always be immediately considered halal. However, this doesn’t mean that halal-friendly options can’t be found in Thailand. With some preparation and effort, you can relish the exquisite flavors of delicious Thai food while abiding by Islamic dietary laws.
One avenue to explore is restaurants that have been certified by The Central Islamic of Thailand (CICOT), which adhere to strict guidelines in their food preparation, including the use of halal ingredients and the omission of alcohol and pork. These establishments often offer traditional Thai dishes, allowing you to savor the local cuisine without compromising on your dietary requirements. The Thai Halal Food Seal can help you identify such eateries.
Thai Food Halal Dishes
Some popular Thai dishes that can be made with halal ingredients include:
Tom Yum Goong
This spicy and sour soup is made with shrimp, lemongrass, chili, and lime leaves. It is often served with rice but in some instances Tom Yum Soup with egg noodles and peanuts can be found.
This is a simple and very common Thai dish of fried rice, typically made with chicken, or shrimp, and flavored with soy sauce, fish sauce, and other Thai flavoring ingredients.
This is a well-known Thai dish made with stir-fried noodles, shrimp, tofu and egg. It is typically flavored with tamarind, palm sugar, and fish sauce. It's usually served with banana blossom or flower and chives.
This somewhat spicy curry is made with green chili paste, coconut milk, and a variety of vegetables added to it, such as eggplant or bamboo shoots. It is often served with chicken or beef.