As a foreigner, a trip to Seoul is practically incomplete if you do not visit Itaewon, the "foreigner district". Where international cuisines collide, halal kebabs are aplenty, this neighbourhood also houses a restaurant by a Korean lady and her foreign husband which allows you to nom on authentic Halal Korean fare.
The husband wishes to do the honours of sharing this little gem with you :)
ps: Happy Pepero day! 11/11 :)
This shall be the first entry written by the husband. (hah ha)
As with my wife Kayos, we've both fallen in love with Korea, and for me it's the love for food-hunting there. Yes, food for us Muslims are limited (no Sangyeopsal, bindaetteoks with mystery meat, gogis/meats unless they are Halal..)
However, I secretly enjoy the idea of an Amazing Race with restaurants as checkpoints and food as my reward. (though this is undeniably exhausting much to Kayos' annoyance).
This was the restaurant that started it all. If not for Murree, we wouldn't have bothered with blogging on food places in Korea.
We've been there thrice! (Once during our honeymoon in 2012 and twice during our family trip earlier in February 2014.) Sadly, we didn't have the time to eat there this time round in October.
Murree is a Halal Restaurant serving Indian/Middle Eastern Food as well as Halal Korean Fare. Murree is probably (I may be wrong) the first restaurant to provide Halal Korean food for Muslim travelers to enjoy a Bulgogi fix and have guilt-free yummy meat laden Hansik.
The restaurant has an extensive menu ranging from Indian Naans, Kebabs, Curries to Korean Samgyetang (Chicken Soup), Kimchi Fried Rice, Galbi Tang (Bulgogi Stews), Banchans (Korean mini side dishes which includes Kimchi, fishcakes, anchovies etc) and Pajeons (Savoury Pancakes). Murree used to serve yummy fried chicken (Back in 2012) but has since changed its menu. Not sure about its menu currently but they still do have other Korean dishes you'll enjoy.
Food is delicious and authentic. However, expect to wait a while for the food to be served as it's usually a 1-2 man show. I would usually exercise my patience by walking up to the mosque and do my prayers (while Kayos waits in the restaurant reading a book) before returning and the food ready by then. During my three trips there, we've ordered mainly Korean dishes, though we look forward to trying the Indian/Middle Eastern dishes soon. The restaurant is also a great place to socialise with many Malaysian/Singaporean Malays visiting the place.
Status: Halal. Muslim owned.
Location: Along the way to the Seoul Central Masjid. Take Subway 6 (the brown line) and take exit 3. Walk straight and make a right turn at the Kebab Building. Then walk up the hill past Salam Bakery (yummy sweets, but I digress), and make a left turn at the hill's junction. Murree will be on your right next to a row of shop houses leading up to the Seoul Central Mosque.
Price: Slightly costly ranging from 9,000 to 30,000 Won per meal. Though I guess it was worth every Won and possibly due to higher cost for halal meats =)
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