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Eating Halal in Thailand

If you eat Halal, there’s some great news for you: Although Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, there is a Muslim population. In this Thai Language multi-article series, we explore the basics of Muay Thai and what you need to get around and get what you need while in the country! Welcome to Thai Language – Part 4e.

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-Don’t forget to add ka or khrap at the end of all questions and statements to sound polite!
-Refer to Thai Language – Part 1: Basic Rules & FAQ’s for a refresher course for Thai language basics
-Refer to Thai Language – Part 4a: Food for food vocabulary
-Refer to this general guide to Basic Practices when you have a dietary restriction

While, statistically, it only stands at about 4.6% nationally, you will see Halal-friendly food stalls in every mall food court. There are even entire markets (often situated near mosques) that have food that’s Halal! In Southern Thailand, about 25% of the population is Muslim.

When a food stall is Halal, you will see the a variation of the above: the Arabic script for “Halal”, sometimes with English words for Halal under it.

Bangkok Thailand November 16 2019 Halal Stock Photo (Edit Now) 1561203622

Some popular Thai dishes are actually of Muslim origin, such as massaman curry (gaeng mat-saman แกงมัสมั่น). Other well-known dishes are chicken biryani (khao mok gai ข้าวหมกไก่) and crispy roti (โรตี) flatbread filled with banana, egg, or chicken.

massaman chicken curry thai roti
Chicken massaman curry. wongnai.com

Vocabulary

If you aren’t extremely strict about your food being Halal but will still avoid any and all pork products, you can use the following vocabulary phrases to help you out:

EnglishRomanizationThai
pork(neua) moo(เนื้อ)หมู
Don’t add ___mai sai ___ไม่ใส่ ___
I don’t want ___mai ow ___ไม่เอา ___
I don’t eat ___chan/pom mai gin ___ฉัน/ผม ไม่กิน ___
I am Muslim.chan/pom ben kon moos-limฉัน/ผม เป็นคนมุสลิม
mosquema-sa yidมัสยิด
Is there a mosque nearby?taew nee mee ma-sa yid maiแถวนี้มีมัสยิดไหม

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