I did this a while back to help myself in case I need to travel to places where Halal food is not commonly found. These are just some useful tips for Muslims abroad to find halal food in the countries they are visiting. Remember, just because you are Muslim, does not mean you have to starve while visiting exciting new places!
|Screenshot of zabihah.com|
1.Do your research. Find a listing of halal restaurants and shops in the cities and towns you will visit online, using websites such as islamicfinder.com or zabihah.com.
|The Grand Mosque of Paris|
2.Upon reaching the destination, look for a mosque where you can ask local Muslims about halal restaurants in the city. Prioritise this before choosing non-halal-certified restaurants.
|Knowing how to read the ingredients would be a great help.|
3.Learn names of foods and ingredients in the native language of the country. This will be useful in explaining your dietary requirements or reading ingredients on a list or menu.
|Granola or cereal bars are good options for travel snacks.|
4.Pack healthy halal snacks and instant foods before leaving for your country. This can also be a great way to save money during your travels.
|Metallic cutlery may be too bulky to carry around;
bringing plastic cutlery is more convenient.
5.Bring your own eating and/or cooking utensils. This way you can eat in restaurants without worrying about utensils being cross-contaminated with non-halal foods and cook in your hotel by buying your own ingredients.
|A stall in a market, Houston, Texas|
6.Go to a farmer’s market for fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and eggs. This way you can buy healthy, organic food for your travels that is 100% halal and cook it the way you like it.
|Supermarkets offer a wide range of choices|
7.It is possible to buy halal or at least vegetarian foods in supermarkets and stores in the city. Also breads are almost always halal and can be bought in bakeries and supermarkets.
|A vegetarian restaurant in Krakow, Poland|
8.When dining in establishments that are not halal-certified, choose certified vegetarian or kosher restaurants over regular restaurants. If not, choose vegetarian, dairy or seafood meals consisting of natural products, also requesting not to put any pork, meats or alcohol in them. Personally though, I find this risky and should only be tried as a last resort.