By Norain F.

When planning for a holiday, the first thing on your list of what to look for is definitely an ideal destination with the beautiful scenery of nature sites, mesmerizing heritage spots and delicious, authentic local cuisine. But if you’re a Muslim traveller, how do you ensure that you and your family are eating halal food while traveling? TLC’s latest program Halal Foodie is here to show you 3 restaurants that make Southeast Asia the ideal halal food destination. Malaysia’s biggest comedian (in size!) – Papi Zak – is on a mission to find the best halal dishes during his travels across Southeast Asia. Join Papi on an exciting journey to discover a multitude of mouth-watering halal dishes and fun Muslim-friendly attractions. Watch him make his rounds on tasting all the local food made ‘halal’, from spicy mouth-tingling street delicacies in Bangkok to indulgent gourmet French cuisine in Kuala Lumpur. Uncover a world of amazing dishes beyond your usual halal fare!

Here, we’ve listed a few halal food destinations that every traveller (Muslim or Non-Muslim) should visit at least once their lifetime. Trust me, you’re going to want to visit these places.

  1. Bangkok, Thailand

Thai food is no stranger to us Malaysians who love the richness and combination of different flavours in each dish. When visiting Thailand, a problem that is often faced is the difficulty in finding a halal restaurant with delicious Thai food. One destination that won’t let you down is Ramkhamhaeng, Soi 65 that allows you to indulge in tasty dishes such as grilled chicken with Som Tam (Papaya salad mixed with chili, fish sauce and lime juice) and its signature Thai milk tea as featured in episode 1 of Halal Foodie.

  1. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

While Malaysia is filled with halal food destinations, many of us from Peninsular Malaysia may not know the hidden treasures that lie in Kota Kinabalu. Here’s a little-known fact – one of the best restaurants that serve traditional local and fusion dishes is actually in 5-Star Hotel, Le Meridien’s “Latest Recipe” restaurant as explored by Papi Zak in Episode 2 of Halal Foodie.  Some of their signature dishes include their roast lamb with Nasi Briyani and Peking Duck.

  1. Siem Reap, Cambodia    

Cambodian food is often overlooked and is commonly stereotyped to be like Vietnamese or Thai. As in most countries, it’s all about knowing what to order. For some of the best halal food you will ever experience, visit Cambodian Muslim Restaurant in Steng Thmey Village as featured in Episode 6 of Halal Foodie that serves traditional BBQ and steamboat that’s popular amongst locals and raved by tourists. This is the perfect place to experience a wide array of meats and seafood.

If you’re interested to find out more about halal food destinations, tune in to TLC’s Halal Foodie that airs every Wednesday exclusively on TLC (Astro Channel 707) at 6.15pm (MY)

Program Day: Every Wednesday

Program Time: 6.15pm (MY)

Episode: 8 x 25 minutes

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