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16 more restaurants around nation get halal certification

TAIPEI--Sixteen restaurants around Taiwan were given halal certification Monday, which identifies them as trustworthy establishments that serve food in compliance with Islamic dietary law.

The granting of the certificates at a ceremony in Taipei was part of Taiwan's efforts to attract more Muslim tourists in a bid to expand its tourism.

The certificates were issued by the Tourism Bureau, in collaboration with the Taipei-based Chinese Muslim Association, to restaurants in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan, Hualien and Taitung.

This brings to 31 the number of restaurants throughout the country that are now certified as halal or Muslim-friendly restaurants, which means do not serve certain foods such as pork or wine that are not permissible under Islamic law, according to the association.

The certified restaurants offer a wide range of food, including Indian, Thai and Turkish and Egyptian cuisine.

Liu Hsi-lin, deputy director-general of the bureau, said at the ceremony that people from different countries and of different religions will have different needs.

The key to developing Taiwan's tourism is to show respect for these diverse needs, Liu said.

With Taiwan aiming to attract more Muslim tourists from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, it is important to create a friendly environment for them and “make them feel at home,” he said.

To this end, Liu said, the bureau has been working with the Chinese Muslim Association to help the local tourist industry cater to the needs of Muslim visitors.

“Muslim tourists are an important part of the global travel market,” he said, noting that Muslims make up 20 percent of the world's total population.

Salahuding Ma, secretary-general of the association, said at the ceremony that tour guides also play a major role in helping to expand the Muslim travel market.

March 26, 2013    Upwell@
My personal experience shows that quite a lot of Chinese cuisines will not taste well going halal. Simply because pork and if not pork outright lard if not used and using other cooking oil will not give these dishes the same tastes. Forgive me here lest you think I am anti Muslim but I am not. It simply is the way with food where culture is deeply infused into the cooking. You go to Malaysia and if you have a restaurant serving Chinese dishes but at the same time is a halal establishment the food is not nice. On the other hand if I want Malay food don't go to Chinese cook but go Malay. That's the way. Now do watch it. Taiwanese food outlets doing halal will not do well with tastes. Try them and you will see the difference. It's always hard if not impossible to do something belong to another entirely distinctive cultural setup and having corrupt it, expect the outcome to be the same.
May 4, 2013    astasia.harris@
Upwell@ wrote:
My personal experience shows that quite a lot of Chinese cuisines will not taste well going halal. Simply because pork and if not pork outright lard if not used and using other cooking oil will not give these dishes the same tastes. Forgive me here lest you think I am anti Muslim but I am not. It simply is the way with food where culture is deeply infused into the cooking. You go to Malaysia and if you have a restaurant serving Chinese dishes but at the same time is a halal establishment the food is not nice. On the other hand if I want Malay food don't go to Chinese cook but go Malay. That's the way. Now do watch it. Taiwanese food outlets doing halal will not do well with tastes. Try them and you will see the difference. It's always hard if not impossible to do something belong to another entirely distinctive cultural setup and having corrupt it, expect the outcome to be the same.
I believe that many Muslims travelers if not priorities Halal to consume food then having a tasty non-halal food itself.

We ought to eat to live and not live to eat. There will never be any possibilities for us at all to distinguish the taste difference of having pork or lard to the food as we will foremost NOT have the slightest thought of trying them at all. Same goes to Buddhist that to do not consume beef too. Same concept. I could have suggested that those who don't eat beef to try one as beef (beef rendang) is also one of Malay all time favorite must-try dish. Due to respect for the Buddhist, I am definitely against even suggesting them to try the any dish that contains beef in them. If we Muslims have to miss tasting authentic Chinese food in Taiwan, it does not mean we will lose out in getting to know the Chinese culture entirely.
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This photograph shows a huge bamboo basket with baked sticky rice presented by a certified Islamic restaurant in Taiwan yesterday. The Tourism Bureau certified 16 Islamic restaurants yesterday. According to the bureau, there are now 31 certified halal restaurants in the nation. Officials said the increase in Islamic restaurants will attract more Muslim tourists to Taiwan.

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