Thailand is a Buddhist-majority country but it has a sizeable Muslim community, especially in the south.
As you travel further north to Hua His in Central Thailand, there are fewer Muslims but a surprisingly impressive number of halal food restaurants serving some of the most delicious food around.
1. Stalls near Hua Hin train station
Outside the train station is a row of food stalls selling halal hawker fare. There are those selling all-time favourite Thai dishes, such as tom yam and pad kraw pau, one selling roti, another selling beef noodles and yet one more selling yellow rice.
So, if you are looking for a halal food option while in Hua Hin, try the area near the train station.
2. Roti Teh Tarik Muslim Food
The exact name of this restaurant in English is unknown since the signage is in Thai. However, on Google Maps it is called Roti Teh Tarik Muslim Food.
It is situated right beside TH Beach Hotel. The food here is okay – nothing spectacular – but the roti is something to die for.
3. Junction to Memory House Cafe
This spot has a banner in Thai with a halal logo in Jawi script. The stall specialises in chicken rice and beef noodles. The beef noodle is highly recommended.
This is not a stall that caters for tourists as most of the customers here are locals. The staff (or maybe the owner?) cannot speak Malay or English so be prepared to use some simple sign language when placing your order.
There are many cheap and halal food options in 7-Eleven.The 7-Eleven outlets in Malaysia are nowhere near as amazing as those in Thailand.
In Malaysia, 7-Eleven is more a neighbourhood convenience store but in Thailand, it’s like a mini shopping centre where one can spend up to THB500 (RM68) on food items and treats of every kind.
The best part? They offer a pretty wide range of halal food.
Some stores even have a dedicated rack for halal food. But just to be on the safe side, look for the halal logo on the package before purchasing any food item.
If you’re looking for something new, try the CP Chilli Cheese Hotdog – you won’t be sorry.
5. Food Market inside Market Village Hua Hin
The Food Market in Market Village Hua Hin is another good option. There are two halal stalls in the food court but they do not sell Thai food.
If you’re game to try something other than Thai food in Thailand, there’s halal Arabic and Turkish food here.
6. Mooz Hua Hin
Mooz Hua Hin is situated not far from Roti Teh Tarik Muslim Food, about two minutes by car.
Mooz is also the name of the Muslim-friendly hotel they run and the local food they serve at this restaurant is simply amazing.
Mooz is air conditioned, so it is very comfortable. The only drawback would be the prices which are on the higher side. But it still comes highly recommended — the tom yam is top-notch!
Tips for finding halal food in Hua Hin
Although Muslims are a minority group in Hua Hin, it is not that difficult to find halal food options. To make it easier, here are some tips:
- Look for the halal or crescent sign. Normally, this indicates that the food sold is halal.
- Look for women in hijab – either selling the food or patronising the stalls. Either way, chances are the place is halal.
- Ask around. The people of Hua Hin are friendly and if you ask, they will direct you to the right spots.
Khai and wife Amira are Malaysian travel bloggers who blog at Kaki Jalans. Their travels have taken them to almost all the countries in Asean and five countries in Europe. They are still actively travelling and adding to this list.