Halal food in Japan, part 2

In a previous blog post, I introduced you halal foods in Japan. This concept is only developing from five to nearly ten years ago, as tourists and visitors from South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia) increased. After ramen, I can introduce you three Japanese popular food you can now find halal in Osaka and in other places in Japan: sukiyaki, shabushabu and yakiniku. Enjoy!

Sukiyaki & Shabushabu

Sukiyaki and shabu-shabu are Japanese hotpot dishes (nabemono). Like ramen, they are a popular Japanese cuisine, although they are often more expensive. But we think it’s worth the price! I recommend giving them a try!

Sukiyaki consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin (this time, halal mirin) in a shallow iron pot. Sukiyaki is a popular winter dish and is commonly found at bōnenkai (Japanese year-end parties). Shabu-shabu also consists of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water. Shabu-shabu is less sweet than sukiyaki.

You can try both at Bulls, in OCAT Namba, near JR Namba station.


  • Bulls’ entrance
  • Sukiyaki / Shabushabu

Yakiniku

Yakiniku means literally “grilled meat”. Japanese people like yakiniku, specifically on special occasions. You can find halal yakiniku in Osaka, Japan at Zerohachi Matsuyamachi, a restaurant near Osaka Metro Matsuyamachi station, near Osaka Minami.

  • B1 entrance
  • Muslim friendly
  • Yakiniku

As I said in a previous blog post, there are of course even more halal restaurants than them in Osaka, Japan! Other blog posts will sure follow. Also, do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to recommend you many other places at any time.

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