Yes, contrary to popular belief, Taipei has a good variety of Taiwanese food that’s Halal — and it’s not just kebabs!

girl eating noodles from halal yellow beef noodle house - food in taipei

When travelling in a non-Muslim country, I usually cook or eat bread.

And if dining outside, Halal options are usually limited to Indian and Middle Eastern food. Don’t get me wrong, those cuisines SLAP. But I didn’t travel all the way just to have kebabs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

On a recent solo trip to Taipei, I was surprised to find that this non-muslim country is extremely aware of what it entails to be Muslim. It was easy to find prayer rooms, toilets with bidets and Halal certified snacks throughout the city. I even had locals advising me on whether or not their food was alright for me to consume!

If you’re muslim (or travelling with Muslim friends), here’s our guide to Halal food in Taipei, including MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Beef Noodles, authentic Taiwanese Breakfast, and snacks!

Read more: 7 Pro-Tips to Finding Halal Food Easily in Non-Muslim Countries

1) 馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma’s/清真風懷舊北京小點

Halal status: Halal certified by the Taipei Grand Mosque and Muslim-Owned

 Halal shao bing from 馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma's/清真風懷舊北京小點 - food in taipei

Run by a Taiwanese Muslim, Uncle Ma’s is the only place on this list that sells Halal Shao Bing and freshly made traditional Taiwanese sweet pastries.

Halal beef shao bing from 馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma's/清真風懷舊北京小點 - food in taipei

I noticed many locals ordering takeaways of the Beef Shao Bing (NT$65, ~S$2.90) — and I can understand why. The pastry’s texture was in-between flaky and bread-y, layered with Chinese five-spice or beef marinade — very flavourful.

The cold beef slices were tender and easy to chew. I ordered it to-go (with the beef separated) and had it for breakfast the next day — still delicious!

Halal sweet pastries from 馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma's/清真風懷舊北京小點 - food in taipei

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halal beef dumplings in soup from 馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma's/清真風懷舊北京小點 - food in taipei

Uncle Ma’s also serves Beijing-style snacks and Taiwanese staples like beef noodles and dumplings.

Though these Beef Soup Dumplings (NT$150, ~S$6.70) had a skin that was not as QQ as I’d hoped, the beef filling was generously portioned with the occasional crunch from the chives. The broth was mild — a good starting point for those unfamiliar to the herbal notes of Chinese cuisine.

Their location is slightly out of the way from the city centre but is as local as it gets! Uncle Ma’s is tucked at the end of a local market in Linyi Street at Dongmen MRT Station. I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

menu at Uncle Ma's/清真風懷舊北京小點 - food in taipei

*Pro-tip: Most of the staff do not understand English but an English menu is available. Use Google Translate if you have specific requests.

馬叔餅舖 Uncle Ma’s/清真風懷舊北京小點
Cost: From NT$40 – 200 (~S$1.80 – 8.90)
Opening hours:
 7AM – 6PM (opens 7.30AM on Sat & Sun, closed on Fri)
Address: No. 67之2號, Linyi St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
How to get there: Exit 1 at Dongmen Station. Turn left into Linyi street and you’ll enter an alley of shops. Just keep walking straight.

2) Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant

Halal status: Certified Muslim Friendly by Central Asia Bell International Standard Verification Co.

Halal Chinese Beef noodle Restaurant - food in taipei

I’ll cut to the chase — this MICHELIN Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant takes the crown for the best broth of the trip.

Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant has a variety of clear soups and dry noodles — but I ordered the Braised Beef Noodle with Tendon (NT$230, ~S$10.15) because it had a little crown on it hehe.

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Braised Beef Noodle with Tendon from Halal Chinese Beef noodle Restaurant - food in taipei

The noodle itself was alright but you have to eat it quickly as it goes from al dente to soft fast. The beef had a bit more chew than I was hoping for and the tendons were buttery soft.

The broth was spectacular and all around flavour-town — herbal, naturally meaty, and not too greasy. Portions served here are large and although I couldn’t finish the noodles, I inhaled every drop of that broth.

Throughout the meal, free-flow hot barley tea was served. The roasty and earthy flavour was great at cutting through the richness of the noodle soup.

Chinese northeast handmade pancake with beef stir fry in Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant - food in Taipei

Photo credit: Kuliner Halal Taiwan via Facebook

The restaurant also serves other side dishes — I noticed many tables ordering the Chinese northeast handmade pancake with beef stir fry.

MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Tag in Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant - food in Taipei

Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant has an OG outlet in Da’an but I visited the one in Xinyi District — the fancier side of town. With all this Muslim-friendly food to experience in Taipei at a reasonable price, it’s no wonder the restaurant is awarded the MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Award.

*Note: This restaurant charges service charge.

Halal Chinese Beef Noodle Restaurant (Xinyi District)
Cost: From NT$150 – 265 (~S$6.70 – 11.70)
Opening hours:
11AM – 9.30PM (closes 10PM on Fri & Sat)
Address:
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Taipei Xinyi Place A8, 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songgao Rd, 12號新光三越B2

3) Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop (張家清真黃牛肉麵館)

Halal status: Halal certified by the Chinese Muslim Association and Muslim-Owned

Chang's Beef Noodles Shop - halal food in taipei

Closer to the city, you’ll find Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop. Run by a Taiwanese-Muslim lady, this tasty and affordable Niu Rou Mian (Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup) spot is located in a quiet street just an eight minute walk from Ximending Walking Street.

Scallion and egg pancake - halal food in taipei

Dou Jiang (soy milk) is typical in a Taiwanese breakfast so ordering one is non-negotiable in this restaurant.

I tried it both warm and cold and found that the latter was the tastiest. It was smooth and had a pleasant, prominent bean flavour with a natural sweetness — significantly different from what I’ve tried in Singapore. If there’s only one thing to order at Chang’s Beef Noodles, it’s a cold Dou Jiang (NT$20, ~S$0.90)!

side dishes at chang's beef noodles shop - halal food in taipei

Other than Niu Rou Mian, other meatless noodles like Shacha Sauce (Chinese barbeque sauce) Noodles and Sesame Oil Noodles are available too. Don’t forget to pick a side dish (optional) — like pickled vegetables or wood ear mushrooms — to complete your noodle meal!

Scallion pancake with beef and eggs at Chang's beef noodles shop - halal food in Taipei

The Scallion Pancake with Beef and Eggs (NT$100, ~S$4.50) is also worth a try. The beef is brushed with a slightly salty and umami sauce. The pancake’s texture is similar to instant prata in Singapore but the softness is definitely a different experience!

It’s a filling snack you can have on-the-go. A meatless version (NT$40, ~S$1.80) with egg and sauce on the side is also available.

pot stickers from chang's beef noodles shop - Halal food in taipei

Noodles are ready at 10AM while other dishes like pot stickers (beef or leek) and dumplings are available from 11AM onwards — consider having brunch here!

menu from chang's beef noodles shop - Halal food in taipei

At the time of visit, there were only Chinese menus but the owner understood English and would explain the dishes when I pointed to things. There is also a corner with prayer mats available to perform your prayers.

Chang’s Beef Noodles Shop 張家清真黃牛肉麵館
Cost: From NT$9 – 220 (~S$0.35 – 9.70)
Opening hours:
 10AM – 7.30PM
Address: No. 21, Yanping S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (Exit 6 Ximen Station)

4) Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House

Halal status: Halal certified by the Chinese Muslim Association and Muslim-Owned

Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House Storefront - food in Taipei

Right next to Chang’s is Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House. They’ve been in the business for 70 years but are more low-key than their next-door neighbour — very underrated.

Braised rib fingers soup from Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House - food in Taipei

Their generously-portioned beef noodle soup comes in a braised (spicy) or original flavour. The beef is served in slices, shredded, or in rib fingers.

menu from Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House - food in Taipei

The Braised Rib Fingers Soup (NT$200, ~S$8.90) had the word pedas (spicy), but the spice level was mild and manageable. The broth is made with more than ten kinds of spices and apparently, its recipe has been handed down from ancestors.

Its aroma reminded me of Chinese medicine without being too herbal. But the highlight of the dish for me would be the noodles which were al dente with a QQ-bounce and chew.

bread from Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House - food in Taipei

Photo credit: 清真黃牛肉麵館

Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House also serves meatless options (NT$90, ~S$4) — Sesame Sauce Noodles Hot and Sour Noodles, and Dry Noodles with BBQ Sauce. But if you’ve had one too many bowls of noodles, the shop offers other carbs like vermicelli and bread to have in your soup.

man serving noodles soup in Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House - food in Taipei

Photo credit: 清真黃牛肉麵館

The staff of this Muslim-owned store is fast and friendly. Though they close at 7.30PM, I noticed they happily accepted customers who came at closing time.

Halal Yellow Beef Noodle House
Cost: From NT$9 – 230 (~S$0.35 – 10.20)
Opening hours: 11AM – 7.30PM (closed on Mon)
Address: No. 23號, Yanping S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

5) Taipei Grand Mosque

Halal status: Muslim-Owned

Taipei Grand Mosque - Muslim-friendly food in Taipei

An unexpected Halal Street Food find is the Taipei Grand Mosque’s Friday food sales. Common to mosques around the world, Taipei Grand Mosque has food sales every Friday.

The food sold here is made by the Muslim community in Taipei. You’ll be in the peak of the bustle before Zohor (about 11AM), with freshly stocked food to serve people from all over the city streaming in for Friday Prayers.

Dumplings and pastries at the Halal food sales in Taipei Grand Mosque - Halal food in Taipei

You can expect to find home-cooked food of various cuisines here — Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Myanmar, and Taiwanese!

Halal food sales at the Taipei Grand Mosque - Halal food in Taipei

Some authentic food made by Taiwanese Muslims sold were dumplings, scallion pancakes and braised chicken feet.

Spicy braised tofu from the Halal food sales at the Taipei Grand Mosque - Halal food in Taipei

This Braised Tofu (NT$50, ~S$2.20) was herbal and well seasoned.

I was a tad disappointed the Taiwanese-Muslim lady gave me a tiny bit of chili oil — but quickly realised it was all I needed. It was so spicy, but I couldn’t stop eating this tofu.

Peanut bao from the Halal food sales at the Taipei Grand Mosque - Halal food in Taipei

This steamed peanut bun (NT$30, ~S$1.40) — made by a Muslim lady from Myanmar who has lived in Taiwan for 30 years — was a great, sweet palette cleanser after the very spicy tofu. It had large chunks of chopped peanuts and granules of sugar — a fun texture!

Frozen halal meat sold from a truck at Taipei Grand Mosque - Halal food in Taipei

Other than cooked, ready-to-eat food, Halal frozen meats like chicken and beef are sold on Fridays too. If you’re someone who cooks on overseas trips, catch the truck after Friday prayers to stock up on your meats. Most of the meats are sourced from New Zealand so you can rest assured that you’re getting quality cuts — albeit from a slightly shady truck.

Taipei Grand Mosque
Cost: From NT$30 (~S$1.40)
Opening hours: Every Friday before Zohor prayers
Address: No. 62號, Section 2, Xinsheng S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10650

6) Fried Chicken Master

Halal status: Certified Muslim Friendly by The Chinese Muslim Association

fried chicken master storefront - muslim-friendly food in taipei

Photo credit: Fried Chicken Master via Facebook

A trip to Taiwan without trying Taiwanese Fried Chicken is a wasted trip — and Fried Chicken Master is a popular and Halal food option in Taipei.

fried chicken master snacks - muslim-friendly food in taipei

Photo credit: Fried Chicken Master

Their chicken sold in stores are fresh, never frozen and seasoned with Taiwanese spices. The result — a golden, crunchy and juicy piece of fried chicken.

A ji pai (fried chicken steak) in either a boneless fried chicken breast (NT$49, ~S$2.20), fried chicken breast (NT$75, ~S$3.40) or boneless fried chicken thigh (NT$75, ~S$3.40) is a typical order.

king oyster mushroom from fried chicken master - muslim-friendly food in Taipei

Photo credit: Fried Chicken Master

Vegetarian options like fried king oyster mushroom (NT$69, ~S$3.10), fried green beans (NT$49, ~S$2.20) and sweet potato (NT$39, ~S$1.80) are sold too!

a bag of frozen chicken cutlets from Fried Chicken Master - food in taipei

Photo credit: Fried Chicken Master

Fried chicken master also has frozen products certified by the Islamic Commercial Development that can be found at some 7-11s and supermarkets.

Fried Chicken Master
Cost:
From NT$39 (~S$1.80)
Opening hours:
11.30AM – 10.30PM
Address:
No. 3, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District and Nanggang

7) 水料理穆斯林友善 MUSLIM FRIENDLY 溫體牛咖哩飯

Halal status: Certified Muslim Friendly by BellCERT but sells alcohol

storefront of 水料理穆斯林友善 MUSLIM FRIENDLY 溫體牛咖哩飯 - muslim-friendly food in taipei

Photo credit: Kuliner Halal Taiwan via Facebook

Other than beef curry rice, as the name suggests, 水料理穆斯林友善 MUSLIM FRIENDLY 溫體牛咖哩飯 sells other dishes like braised tofu, kung pao chicken and dumplings. The restaurant also offers fresh seafood but it’s not on the menu so you have to ask.

As most dishes are zi char-style, this restaurant is great for groups.

Jiguang cake with oyster omelette from 水料理穆斯林友善 MUSLIM FRIENDLY 溫體牛咖哩飯 - food in taipei

Photo credit: Zack Lee via Google Reviews

The Guang Bing or Qiguang cakes (Chinese bagel) with either braised beef or oyster eggs are a must-purchase. The cake has a crusty exterior and soft, chewy interior.

This is a newly Muslim-friendly restaurant so menus are in Chinese.

水料理穆斯林友善 MUSLIM FRIENDLY 溫體牛咖哩飯
Cost: NT$60 – 260 (S$2.65 – 7.10)
Opening hours:
11.30AM – 2PM, 5.30PM – 8.30PM (closed on Sun)
Address:
No. 17號, Lane 155, Dunhua N Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105 (Taipei Arena Exit 1)

8) 陳達雅F260176130 halal food-0916249739ar9/ 麵疙瘩halal food _台北市中山區農安街70號一樓

Halal status: Muslim-owned

storefront of 陳達雅F260176130 halal food-0916249739ar9 - food in taipei

Photo credit: @chen_taya via Instagram

This store goes by many names I cannot pronounce. It’s best to look up ‘麵疙瘩halal food _台北市中山區農安街70號一樓‘ or ‘陳達雅F260176130 halal food-0916249739ar9‘ on Google Maps if you’re trying to navigate to it.

side dishes and snacks from陳達雅F260176130 halal food-0916249739ar9 - food in taipei

Photo credit: 陳達雅F260176130 halal food-0916249739ar9 via Google Reviews

The store’s main dish is Beef Gnocchi soup but snacks and sides like wood ear mushroom salad, century eggs, braised egg and braised tofu are sold too.

Cost: NT$20 – 130 (~S$0.90 – 5.80)
Opening hours:
11.30AM – 9PM
Address:
號一樓, No. 70, Nong’an St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

9) Addiction Aquatic Development

Halal Status: Pescatarian-friendly

addiction aquatic developnment storefront - food in taipei

Photo credit: @tutor_mint via Instagram

Addiction Aquatic Development is where you’ll find the freshest seafood at reasonable prices in Taipei. Live seafood products and cooked ready-to-eat meals are sold throughout 10 different sections.

a tray of sashimi and tuna from addiction aquatic development - food in taipei

Photo credit: Aumjumma วาไรตี้..ชีวิตป้า via Facebook

Head to Fresh Food Supermarket (section 6) for sashimi (NT$385/tray, ~S$17), the Seafood Bar (section 3) for oysters or Charcoal Grilled Seafood Barbeque (section 5) for cooked grilled seafood like prawns and scallops.

Addiction Aquatic Development is an alternative from the typical halal food in taipei that involves red meat.

Note: Sauces and other ingredients have not been checked for its Halal status. Dine at your own discretion.

Addiction Aquatic Development
Opening hours: 7AM – 10.30PM
Address: No. 18號, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491

10) Gongming Street in Tamsui

Halal status: Vegetarian-friendly

gongming street - muslim-friendly food in taipei

An alternative to night markets for muslim-friendly food would be Gongming Street, located in the seaside district in New Taipei City. Shops and street food carts line this street.

wheel cakes in gongming street - food in taipei

Most street food carts sold vegetarian-friendly drinks and sweet street snacks like nougat, wheel cakes and roasted corn. Vendors here understood my dietary requirements/restrictions and assured me that their ingredients were okay for me to consume.

sweet potato fritter from gongming street - food in taipei

A vendor from a fried durian snack stall even said “You Muslim okay 👍”. His stall sold durian fritters in original, taro and yam flavour for NT$40/piece (~S$1.80) or NT$100/3pieces (~S$4.50). The creamy and mildly sweet durian and yam or taro is encased in a crispy rice flour based wrapper.

Visit Gongming Street if you’re in Tamsui. There are no crowds, it’s easy to navigate and shops are well spaced out — reducing the risk of cross-contamination with non-permissible items.

Gongming Street
Opening hours: 10AM 9PM
Address: Gongming St, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251

11) HU WEI JIE 滬尾街商號(手信店)

Halal status: Selected vegetarian friendly and Halal certified snacks by various Halal certification bodies

hu wei jie storefront - muslim-friendly food in taipei

This souvenir snack store in Gongming Street was an accidental find of Halal-certified Taiwanese snacks.

halal snacks from yuki & love in hu wei jie - food in taipei

HU WEI JIE 滬尾街商號(手信店) has the quintessential Taiwanese souvenir snacks pineapple cake, filled mochi, bamboo shoot biscuits, and fruit jellies.

halal mochi in gongming street - food in Taipei

Most of these Halal-certified snacks can also be found in the airport souvenir shops at the same prices. However, I couldn’t find this individually-wrapped mochi from Royal Family anywhere else so I advise getting it whenever you see.

A majority of the Halal-certified items in this store are by Yuki & Love but always check for the Halal sign as not all items by the brand are certified.

You can also look out for ‘Ovo-Vegetarian’ tags, but purchase at your own discretion as these may not be prepared according to Islamic dietary laws.

HU WEI JIE 滬尾街商號(手信店)
Opening hours: 10AM – 9PM
Address: No. 9號, Gongming St, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 251

12) Vigor Kobo

Halal status: Selected Halal certified snacks by Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association

pineapple cakes from vigor kobo - halal food in taipei

Vigor Kobo is a confectionary selling Taiwanese pastries and cakes — but it’s fancier than the ones at regular souvenir shops. They’re selected as one of the top ten souvenir shops in Taipei.

sun milk cake from vigor kobo - halal food in taipei

Halal-certified products from the bakery include:
– Pineapple Cake
– Milk Sun Cake
– Taro Milk Sun Cake
– Chestnut Roast
– Mandarin Duck Mung Bean Cake

The Pineapple Cake filling is not as tangy as a Kuih Tart from Singapore but the mildness of it makes a great palette cleanser. The Milk Sun Cake is malty and sweet — a real treat!

The closest Vigor Kobo outlet in Taipei is in New Taipei City — 50 minutes by public transport from Taipei Main Station.

invoice from vigor kobo - halal food in taipei

If you can’t make the trip, order it online and have it delivered right to your accommodation. It took three days for my order to arrive at my hotel — inclusive of weekends!

Vigor Kobo
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM
Address: No. 93, Section 1, Chengtai Rd, Wugu District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 248

13) KUO ZANG Mini Hot Pot

Halal status: Halal certified and Muslim-owned

different flavoured soups from kuo zang mini hotpot - food in taipei

Photo credit: 鍋棧精緻養生鍋-泰山店 via Facebook

If you’ve decided to make the trip to New Taipei City, you may as well check out KUO ZANG Mini Hot Pot. It’s run by an Indian and Taiwanese Muslim couple — so you know you’re getting authentic flavours.

hotpot and halal stinky tofu in new taipei city at kuo zang mini hot pot - food in taipei

Photo credit: @icdhalal via Instagram

The soup options are extensive. There are the usual suspects like Spicy and Tom Yum but KUO ZANG has wild cards like Pumpkin Milk Hot Pot and Stinky Hot Pot.

menu of different soups and sides in Kuo zang mini hotpot - food in taipei

Photo credit: 鍋棧精緻養生鍋-泰山店 via Facebook

You can also order Stinky Tofu (fermented tofu with a strong odor) here as a side dish — a Halal alternative to the polarising street food usually sold at night markets.

The restaurant also serves free flow ice-cream and popcorn — because there’s always room for dessert.

KUO ZANG Mini Hot Pot
Cost: NT$10 – 190 (~S$0.50 – 8.40)
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM
Address: 243, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Taishan District, 107縣道44號

Things to do in Taiwan other than eating

elephant mountain skyline - muslim friendly taiwan

I never thought Taiwan would be such a Muslim-Friendly. It’s clear from the efforts of the tourism board and the actions of locals that they do try to accommodate everyone. They’re in-tuned with the Muslim community’s needs. I never ran out of Halal food options in Taipei.

Here are some apps and websites to help you out during your trip to Taiwan:
Taiwan Halal Centre — Different Halal certification bodies and Mosques in Taiwan
Kuliner Halal Taiwan — Reviews of Taiwan’s Halal food
List of prayer rooms and toilets with bidet
Islam Taiwan — Halal restaurants and groceries in Taiwan
Halalin
Taiwan Halal: Tour, Restaurant (Android only)
Halal Taiwan (Android only)

If you’re ready to make your way to Taiwan, check out our itineraries:
Muslim-Friendly 4D3N Taipei Itinerary — A Solo Traveller’s First Time in Taiwan
8D Eastern Taiwan Itinerary: The Gateway to Nature’s Best Adventures (Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and Kenting)
21 Exciting Things To Do In Taipei: Must-See Attractions Every First-Timer Needs to Experience

Next time someone tries to tell you that it’s hard to find Halal food in Taipei, send them this article!

Did we miss out on any hidden local Halal food in Taipei? Let us know in the comments below!


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