Muslim (Islamic) Halal food in Myanmar

NOTE: Malaysia’s ASTRO wish to shoot some episodes in Myanmar regarding this topic. They wish to promote Myanmar Torism. They requested my help so I contacted Myanmar Embassy Senior Officials. ASTRO even promised to be accompanied by a Myanmar Tourism/Information/Special Police or Military office. They agreed to pay all expences, censor conditions etc. Although Myanmar Embassy support, Myanmar replied NO. It was the same reply last 20 yrs ago when they refused Malaysia’s Internationally renowned Chef Wan’s request. Why did Myanmar Gov want to stay under the moonlight in the holow of a Bamboo or are they enjoying the pool of water in the footprint of a bullock?

Source:”Muslim (Islamic) Halal food in Myanmar” in Today in Myanmar

One of our visitors to our site asked whether it is easy to find a Muslim Halal food stall or in Myanmar. Although Myanmar is not a Muslim majority country, it is a multi cultural, multi religious country. Thus it is fairly easy, especially in large cities and towns, to find a Muslim Halal or food stall that caters not only the Muslim population, but also caters for the local non-Muslim population. Actually, contrary to outsiders’ believe, Muslim food is quite popular among the local Burmese people.

786 Muslim Halal food restaurantMost of the shops that sell Muslim Halal food are small to medium size restaurants or food stalls. There are a few Muslim Halal restaurants that serve Chinese food, but they are not very popular, and only a few can be found even in a large city like Yangon (Rangoon). Most of the time, it is shops that serve traditional Indian and Muslim food that are popular among the local people. These small restaurants and food stalls serve traditional Indian and Muslim food such as nan, roti, prata, puri, dosai, mutton curry, potato curry, beef curry and kabab. These food are quite popular among local Muslim population as well as non Muslim Burmese. All cities and most large towns in Myanmar have Muslim food shops and restaurants.

Muslim Halal restaurants and food stalls in Myanmar usually do not put the regular Arabic Halal sign, except those few high end restaurants that serve foreign visitors. Most of the time, they just write down “786” on their sign board. This is “786symbol is used as a substitute for Bismillah “In the name of Allah” or “In the name of God”. This is a traditional sign used in South Asia, mainly in Pakistan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In large cities, like Yangon (Rangoon) and Mandalay, you can find Muslim Halal shops everywhere. In smaller cities and towns, it might be a little difficult to find one. However, if you could find a mosque, you will be able to find some Muslim Halal food stalls and small restaurants nearby. Just look for a mosque in any town. They are similar to the traditional Arabic style mosques everywhere in the world. Ask your taxi driver or trishaw driver to bring you to “Ba-li  or Pa-li“.

Muslin Halal shops will usually write the letter “786″ in Myanmar numeral. It looks like this.

786 Muslim Halal food restaurant786 Muslim Halal food restaurant in Myanmar

We hope this will be useful to all those Muslim visitors coming to our country.

Source: Blog Your Way To Yangon! from Zaraaluwi.com

Mingalar Taung Nyunt is a Muslim village.  One of my favourite question is, whether it is easy to find a Muslim Halal food stall or restaurant in Yangon.  As known, Myanmar is multi religious and cultural country.  Im sure, if I can find a mosque, I will be able to find some Muslim Halal food stalls and small restaurants nearby.

The Bengali Sunne Jameh Mosque in Yangon (Rangoon) on Sule Pagoda Road.

This is The Mogul Shah Jaamay Masjidwhich has been declared as ancient art and antique structure by the Government of the Union of Myanmar.

Or, just ask the taxi driver or trishaw driver to bring you toBa-li”. I guess  many Indonesian immigrate here in Yangon. Another cute thing in Myanmar usually they don’t put the regular Arabic Halal sign.  They just write down and use the symbol “786” symbol on their sign board.  The “786” symbol is used as a substitute for Bismillah “In the name of Allah”. This is a traditional sign used in South Asia, mainly in Pakistan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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