Muslim travelers always seem to have the shorter end of the stick when it comes to enjoying food abroad. In the case of Vietnam though, we would like to call the bluff on that. In fact, we would go as far as saying that besides the pork (and some other strange meat) dishes, there will be halal equivalents of almost every popular Vietnamese dish. In this article, we list down 10 of the most popular halal Vietnamese food.
Many hotels in Ho Chi Minh city have claimed to be Muslim friendly. The fact of the matter is, not all of them actually observe Muslim practices. This may result in very awkward and uncomfortable situations for Muslims traveling to Vietnam. Just as we did with our research on Halal certified restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, Colours of Vietnam reached out directly to these hotels, to determine if they do indeed comply with these observances.
So we have heard it all before. Dubious restaurant owners claiming to serve Halal cuisine just to rip off the thousands of Muslim tourists who visit Ho Chi Minh city each year. The fact of the matter is, not all Halal restaurants take a strict stance in adhering to proper food handling procedures. As such, we have taken the extra step, and gone out in search of our favourite Muslim fare, that we have also confirmed is Halal certified.
These days, religious acceptance in Vietnam has led to a healthy respect for all religions, and has seen a huge increase in the number and diversity of religious groups. The steady increase in the number of mosques which can be found in all parts of Vietnam, and more so in Ho Chi Minh city, is testimony of its commitment to a Muslim friendly environment.