Hong Kong: A Guide for Muslim Visitors

The March holidays recently passed with the Halal Ke team spending some fun-filled times in Hong Kong (HK). In this article, we share our experience (including our eating experience, of course) and give you some nifty tips for your next Halal Hong Kong trip! Some General Tips & Information 1. HONG KONG’S MUSLIM-FRIENDLY WEBSITE Halalplanet […]

The March holidays recently passed with the Halal Ke team spending some fun-filled times in Hong Kong (HK). In this article, we share our experience (including our eating experience, of course) and give you some nifty tips for your next Halal Hong Kong trip!

Some General Tips & Information

1. HONG KONG’S MUSLIM-FRIENDLY WEBSITE

Halalplanet is Hong Kong’s very own Muslim-friendly website. It provides information on:

  • hotels that serve Halal food
  • mosques in HK
  • what food products are Halal and where to find them (e.g. where to find Halal milk)
  • Halal and Muslim-friendly restaurants in HK

2. Halal Food & Prayer Rooms at Hong Kong INTERNATIONAL Airport

 

HALAL FOOD

OLDTOWN White Coffee at HKIA. Source: Dog Gor on Openrice

On the day of your arrival or departure in Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), indulge in some Malaysian favourites at the OLDTOWN White Coffee food kiosk. This is the only Halal eatery available in HKIA. (Unfortunately, Popeye’s Chicken has closed down.)

IMPORTANT: A train may need to be taken between terminals or gates to get to the eatery. Just be sure not to miss your flight!

Address: food court near Gates 40-80, Departures Level 6

Website: https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/shop-dine/dining/oldtown-white-coffee

 

PRAYER ROOMS

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There is a musollah (prayer room) near OLDTOWN White Coffee near Gate 42, Departures Level 6 in Terminal 1.

IMPORTANT: Plan out your arrival or departure day carefully as you may need to take the train between terminals or gates to get to the nearest musollah to you. Just be sure not to miss your flight!

There are other musollahs available at:

  • Restricted area (area accessible only to passengers):
    • Near Gate 501-510, Departures Level (L5), North Satellite Concourse
    • Near Gate 211, Departures Level (L6), Midfield Concourse
  • Non-restricted area (area accessible to all):
    • End of Check-in Aisle A, Departures Level (L7), Terminal 1
    • Check-in Hall, Departures Level (L5), Terminal 2

Website: https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/passenger-guide/airport-facilities-services/prayer-rooms

 

For other facilities and services in HKIA: https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/passenger-guide/airport-facilities-services/

3. Bring food from home.

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Although the accessibility to Halal food in Hong Kong has increased over recent years, it is still quite difficult to find Halal food (and even more so for Halal Hong Kong food). It really depends on where you plan to stay. As we were travelling with three young kids, food had to be readily available at any time. The solution: We brought lots of pre-cooked or easy-to-cook food. A portable electric pot and a small rice cooker came along with us too!

Here is a list of food / things you may want to pack:

    • instant noodles, cup noodles, instant porridge
    • canned food (e.g. canned curry, canned tuna, baked beans, corned beef, canned pasta sauce)
    • bread (sliced white bread and various flavoured bread from Swee Heng)
    • jams and spreads
    • finger food / fried food (e.g. chicken nuggets, curry puffs, chicken popcorn, instant roti prata)
    • small bottle of cooking oil
    • portable electric pot and a small rice cooker
    • forks, spoons, bowls, paper plates, cooking utensils, knives, empty plastic containers
    • IMPORTANT: chili sauce, fresh chili, sambal (a type of chili paste), bawang goreng (fried scallion; a common garnish in Malay food), etc. (We made the mistake of not bringing any chili sauce to a city where it is uncommon to eat food with chili.)

4. stay near a supermarket or where Halal food is easily found.

 

SUPERMARKETS NEAR POPULAR TOURIST SPOTS

One of the Halal milk brands we could find at the supermarket. Harvey Fresh is another Halal milk brand.

Supermarkets are good for stocking up on bread, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, cereal, beverages and bottled water. Buying instant noodles and snacks can be quite tricky, however. We could only find a few options that were Halal (e.g. Samyang Korean Spicy Noodles).

Not sure if what you picked off from the shelf is Halal? This food preservatives and additives listing by Singapore’s Islamic authority, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS; or also known as the Islamic Religious Council in Singapore), proved to be very useful in identifying whether a particular ingredient is Halal or Syubhah (doubtful; those in the orange rows are as such).

 

Hong Kong Disneyland (Fusion by ParkNShop)

Fusion by ParkNShop at Maritime Square 2. Source: Maritime Square website

The Halal Ke team stayed at Hong Kong Disneyland’s Disney Explorers Lodge which is on an island by itself. Travelling to a supermarket meant travelling out of the island and therefore, the journey can be quite troublesome. If you will be residing at Hong Kong Disneyland…

The nearest supermarket is Fusion by ParkNShop.

  • Address: Ground Floor, G34-35, Maritime Square 2
  • Directions by train:
    • Take the shuttle bus service at any Disneyland hotel to the Public Transport Interchange (PTI) / Hong Kong Disneyland Park.
    • Find the MTR train station (Disneyland Resort MTR Station).
    • Take the train to Tsing Yi Station. (The train system works very similarly to Singapore’s MRT system.)
    • Take exit A1 to the mall, Maritime Square 2. The mall should be on your right.
  • To view HK’s MTR System Map, click here.

 

Alternatively, you can also make a trip to 7-Eleven at Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre.

  • Directions from Disneyland Resort MTR Station / entrance to Hong Kong Disneyland Park: https://goo.gl/maps/eXdBW9mJQkM2 (A side note: We are unsure of the variety of goods sold here.)

 

Harbour City (city’super)

city’super. Source: city’super website

Harbour City is a huge shopping mall carrying high-end brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, and Zara. The mall comprises of several parts: Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel Arcade, Ocean Terminal, Ocean Centre, Gateway Arcade, and Vita-World Commerce Centre. There is also a supermarket there called city’super.

Address: Gateway Arcade, Level 3, 3001 & 3103-3104

Directions: http://www.harbourcity.com.hk/en/explore-hc/about/access/

 

Victoria Peak (Food le Parc and Market Place by Jasons)

There are many supermarkets around Victoria Peak such as Market Place by Jasons, city’super, ParkNShop, Fusion, Wellcome, and Food le Parc. Central MTR Station is the station most easily accessible to Victoria Peak. Therefore, we have narrowed down the list to the three best possible supermarkets near Central MTR Station.

Food le Parc. Source: CKC18.com
Market Place by Jasons. Source: landmark.hk

 

Ocean Park (Fusion at Admiralty MTR Station)

Fusion is the nearest supermarket to Ocean Park. However, it is a long 24-minute walk from Ocean Park MTR Station. Therefore, we suggest visiting another supermarket that is easier to get to.

Just one MTR station away, another Fusion outlet is accessible by Admiralty MTR Station. An added bonus is that the supermarket is located in a shopping mall, United Centre, so you can do some shopping there too.

Address: United Centre, 1/F, Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Directions: Take Exit D upon arrival at Admiralty MTR Station. Follow the directions to United Centre.

 

Avenue of Stars / Star Ferry Pier (Tsim Sha Tsui ferry terminal; Freshmart)

Freshmart. Source: kikifg.com.hk

Freshmart is located in SOGO Department Store.

Address: 20 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Directions:

  • Take Exit L1 or K upon arrival at East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station. (IMPORTANT: Go to East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, not Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.)
  • SOGO Department Store is a two-minute walk away.
  • Directions on Google Maps (via Exit L1): https://goo.gl/maps/LvY6sMrdRCu
  • Directions on Google Maps (via Exit K): https://goo.gl/maps/tHpcmF1Agey

 

HALAL-CERTIFIED EATING ESTABLISHMENTS IN HK

A full list of these eateries is available at this link.

5. WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE WEATHER

Temperatures were hovering around 22°C to 25°C when the Halal Ke team visited Hong Kong. We thought it would be a drastic difference compared to the additional 10°C we usually get here in Singapore and Malaysia. “Long sleeved cotton t-shirts, long pants, socks and covered shoes should do the trick,” we thought. But guess what? We were perspiring!

Hence, our advice is to just wear what you usually wear in the lands of the rising blistering sun or opt for lighter, more cooling fabrics such as linen and rayon.

Only when temperatures drop below 20°C, do we advise donning warmer clothes.

Halal Hong Kong Food

1. HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

 

A side tip: Download the Hong Kong Disneyland mobile application for easy navigation around the park, checking of waiting times for rides and more.

 

WORLD OF COLOUR RESTAURANT, DISNEY EXPLORER’S LODGE

Cuisine: Western, Asian

Full menu: https://cdn1.parksmedia.wdprapps.disney.com/media/hkdl/dining/EN_world-of-color-restaurant.pdf

IMPORTANT:

  • Halal menu is available upon request. Kindly ask any of the staff available.
  • It takes about 35-40 minutes for the kitchen to prepare Halal food.

Opening hours: 07:30 – 22:30

For more information, click on this link.

 

IN HONG KONG DISNEYLAND PARK

 

Tahitian Terrace, Adventureland

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Cuisine: Indian, Malay, Malaysian, Singaporean

Full menu: https://cdn1.parksmedia.wdprapps.disney.com/media/hkdl/dining/EN_tahitian-terrace.pdf

Opening hours: 12:00 – 20:30

Click on this link to find out more.

IMPORTANT: We advise getting to the restaurant early for your meal as seats may be difficult to find and queues may be long.

 

 

Explorer’s Club Restaurant, Mystic Point

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Cuisine: Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Indian

Full menu: https://cdn1.parksmedia.wdprapps.disney.com/media/hkdl/dining/EN_explorers-club-restaurant.pdf

Opening hours: 12:00 – 19:30

This site will give you more information about the restaurant.

Editor’s note: A musollah / prayer room is available at Explorer’s Club Restaurant. Named “Quiet Room”, it is located right beside the toilets.

IMPORTANT: We advise getting to the restaurant early for your meal as seats may be difficult to find and queues may be long.

 

Main Street Market (outdoor vending cart), Main Street USA

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Menu: Mickey Waffle, Jumbo Hot Dog, Chicken Drumstick, Steamed Corn on the Cob, Hot Cocoa, Coffee and Tea

To find out more, visit this link.

2. DIM SUM

Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sidick Islamic Centre. Source: @fitritax05

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It is finally time for some Halal Hong Kong food! Dig in to dim sum favourites such as Siu Mai, Lo Mai Gai, Chicken Feet and Chee Chong Fun.

Address: Islamic Centre Canteen, Level 5, 40 Oi Kwan Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (it is located in Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre)

Opening hours: 09:00 – 21:00

From Wan Chai MTR Station, the Islamic Centre Canteen is accessible by two methods:

  • By tram (about a 10-minute journey; least walking; about four minutes of walking):

IMPORTANT:

  • Dim sum is available from 09:00 to 15:00. We suggest getting there early as some sell out fast.
  • If you cannot get a particular dim sum on your first order, try again on subsequent orders. The restaurant may restock it.
  • Other items on the menu such as Fried Rice, soup, vegetables, and Sweet and Sour Fish are available from 11:30 onwards. We recommend trying the Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Fish.
  • For drinks, we recommend trying their Honey Chrysanthemum Tea.

3. DUCK RICE

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Roasted duck rice has got to be another popular Halal Hong Kong food. Crispy skin on the outside, juicy and tender duck meat on the inside — simply delicious!

Address:  Wai Kee, No. 5, Cooked Food Centre, 1st Floor, Bowrington Road Market, Wanchai, Hong Kong (Inside a food centre)

Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00

Directions:

IMPORTANT:

  • Bring your own chilli, chilli sauce, sambal, etc.
  • The food centre is crowded during lunch time and seats may not be easily found. We suggest getting there early around 11:00.

Useful Links

  1. Hong Kong’s very own Muslim-friendly website (Halal hotels, Halal and Muslim-friendly eateries, mosques, Halal groceries): https://www.halalplanet.com/
  2. Food additives listing: https://www.muis.gov.sg/-/media/Files/Halal/Documents/FOOD-ADDITIVE-LISTING-5.pdf (The ones in orange boxes are Syubhah / doubtful.)
  3. Musollah / prayer rooms: http://m.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/muslim-friendly/pdf/List_of_Prayer_Rooms_in_Hong_Kong_ENG.pdf
  4. MTR system
    1. system map: https://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/jp/mtrMap.html
    2. each station’s location map & station layout: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/services/system_map.html
  5. Halal-certified eateries in HK (certified by The Incorporated Trustees of The Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong): http://www.discoverhongkong.com/common/images/dine-drink/pdf/Halal-List_en.pdfm spread

 

We hope this article has been helpful in planning for your next Halal Hong Kong holiday. If you have other tricks up your sleeves after visiting this beautiful city, let us know! We are sure others could benefit from them.

Enjoy your time in Hong Kong!

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