1) Seoul Garden is Halal-Certified
It comes with great surprise to know that some still wonders if Seoul Garden in Malaysia is indeed Halal!
Rest assured that Seoul Garden Hotpot outlets are indeed halal-certified by JAKIM (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia)*. Yes, all ingredients including meats and sauces are Halal-certified. No alcohol is sold or used in the preparation and cooking of its food.
To be Halal-certified, it’s not just about the ingredients used. It also involves the practices of preparing and cooking food in an environment that adheres strictly to Islamic regulations. Many cafe and restaurant owners we spoke to have lamented on the thorough checks before getting Halal-certified. This goes the same for Halal Seoul Garden.
For instance, contents of ingredients are not only scrutinised. Manufacturers and suppliers of those ingredients are also checked. The Halal certification for the ingredients including the product specification for critical ingredients are also verified. Copies of identity cards and offer letter for two Muslims with Malaysian citizenship at the production area, or chef at the food outlet/premise or checker for the slaughter house are also needed when applying for the Halal certificate. Slaughtering certificates for the slaughterer are also required.
In Malaysia, products using synonyms and confusing vocabularies such as Bak Kut Teh are even subjected to approval! The checklists are long but many cafe and restaurant owners who have finally received their Halal certification says it was well worth it.
Similarly in Singapore, if it was found that an outsourced centralised kitchen was responsible in preparing or cooking for a cafe/restaurant without the Halal cert, the restaurant can be heavily fined with its license revoked.
So what does this mean with Halal Seoul Garden being certified by JAKIM and MUIS? Eating with a PEACE OF MIND of course!
2) Halal Seoul Garden originated from Singapore!
A little known fact is Halal Seoul Garden started out in 1983 as a fine-dining Korean restaurant. Today, it caters to the masses at very affordable prices for both its Hotpot and Ala carte sections.
3) Bulgogi Is Halal Seoul Garden Signature Meat
Bulgogi literally means “fire meat and it’s not just any meat. Bulgogi is marinated grilled beef of the highest quality, generally using sirloin, tenderloin, or ribeye with good marbling. So what you’re eating at Halal Seoul Garden are meant for the royalties okay?!
Bulgogi is basically a sweet and savoury sauce made of soy sauce, sugar, and Korean pear juice. At Halal Seoul Garden, the restaurant marinates its meats overnight. It’s no wonder it’s meats are wonderfully flavoured, juicy and tender!
Be sure to add Bulgogi in your order the next time you dine in at Halal Seoul Garden.
4) Hot and Spicy
One of the best things when dining in at Halal Seoul Garden is the steaming hot bibimbap and soups. Who doesn’t love a sizzling bowl of goodness after a hard day’s work?
Another mouth-watering reason to dine in at Halal Seoul Garden is because of its unique spicy Bibimbap chilli sauce. It’s nothing quite like it; you’d have to try it!
The spicy chilli sauce is made from Gochujang (Korean red hot pepper paste), sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and garlic. That’s why it’s so fragrant and well-bodied!
5) Colours means Harmony!
When choosing what to eat at Halal Seoul Garden, the colourful hotpots beaming with fresh vegetables and bbq meats just screams at you. Similarly, when you dine in Halal Seoul Garden Buffet, the variety of available vegetables, marinated meats and seafood just amazes us.
That’s because Koreans love their food to be nutritionally balanced in terms of colours, textures and flavours. Just take a look at their soup bases – Gochujang (red hot pepper paste), Doenjang (fermented soybean paste) and Ganjang (soy sauce made entirely of fermented soybean and brine)! Today, they offer a variety of soup bases to cook including Thai Tom Yum, Kimchi Jigae, Korean Tom Yum, and Korean Ginseng Chicken.
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*Seoul Garden Buffet outlets have submitted their Halal certification to JAKIM and awaiting approval. All ingredients and practices currently adhere to Islamic regulations as meted out by JAKIM as of writing.