The concept of Halal is a belief that is central to the Muslim experience of cooking and eating. The word ‘Halal’ simply means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful.’ Muslims can only consume what is halal: food that is prepared in accordance to the Islamic Sharia law found in the Qur’an. For meat to be considered halal, the animal must be alive and healthy before it is killed; all the blood must be drained from the body, with the animal slaughtered in the name of Allah.
Despite the rigid guidlines that govern it, halal food encompasses an entire world of exciting, delicious and healthy variety of dishes to be savored by Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Here are a few options to get your Halal fix.
If a restaurant was born out of a family's love for food, you know that only good things will come out of their kitchen. Serving a collection of heirloom recipes from Tehran, Iran, Persia Grill has long been around to delight their customers with authentic & distinct dishes that shine with vibrant flavors. Try their Fatoush Salad, a delicious combination of fresh veggies brightened with a lively citrus dressing. Persia Grill has branches all over Metro Manila. For more details, visit their website.
Kite Kebab Bar
Creamy, smooth and savory, hummus is a dish that lends itself well to a variety of iterations. Kite Kebab Bar gives you a delicious assortment of this Halal delicacy. Scoop their hummus up with some warm flatbread or enjoy them with your choice of halal meat. You are only limited by your imagination. And appetite. Kite Kebab Bar is located at 5772 Ebro, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila.
A favorite last stop for many drunken nights, Mister Kabab is known for their affordable, no-nonsense approach to their dishes. Try their Lamb Chelo Kabab. The magic is in the rice: glistening with melted butter and paired with a juicy kabab of ground lamb. All you need is a dash of sauce of your liking and you're all set. Mister Kabab has branches all over Metro Manila. For more details, visit their Facebook page.
Nobody does a falafel quite the way Beni's does. Their deep fried treats are a certified flavor bombs. Get yours wrapped in a nice warm pita bread, swathed in tahina sauce and overflowing with fillings that only serve to enhance its awesomeness: pickled turnip, eggplant, chopped peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Or enjoy with a steaming cup of grains. For an extra kick, douse it in hot sauce to make it harif (Hebrew for hot) or eat it on its own. At the end of the day. your falafel is what you make of it. Beni's Falafel is located at 4364 Valdez St, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila.
Nothing short of edible perfection, Hummus Elijah's take on the Bourekas is a heavenly parcel of flaky dough stuffed with a savory filling. The sour counterpoint of the pickled side dish makes for a match made in heaven. Long after you've licked off the last crumb off your plate, you'll be left dreaming about its buttery goodness. Hummus Elijah is located at 7850 Makati Avenue, Makati City.
The nutty flavor and distinct sweet-spicy taste of Martabak Cafe's version of the Mie Goreng is simply unforgettable. Hearty portions of toppings provide a medley of textures that keeps things interesting. Head on over for a dose of dishes with Indo-Malay persuasions. Martabak Cafe is located at Ground Floor, 131 North Parking Building, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
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