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Essential Halal Products for Japanese Cooking

A bowl of rice and miso soup. The photo above shows what I had for breakfast one morning. It may look too simple and I admit I wasn’t excited about those food when I was younger. But now, I feel like these food are luxury. The warm freshly cooked Japanese rice is my comfort food. The miso soup made with the homemade miso I made with my friends is so good that I can’t go back to the supermarket miso. With my love for simple Japanese food, I will introduce 5 halal ingredients you may use to cook Japanese meal.

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Islam Yokocho Alley in Shin-okubo Neighborhood

Shin-okubo area in Tokyo is widely known as a Korean town but not a lot of people know there’s also an Islam Yokocho (alley) near the station. Some halal grocery shops, mosques (ex. an apartment room used as a prayer room), and halal restaurants are in the Islam Yokocho.

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Halal Souvenir : Castella Cake

I would definitely buy this as a gift to my Muslim friends next time! An organic and natural food company MUSO produces halal castella cake in three different flavors: honey, matcha, and brown sugar. They are certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association. Castella is a sponge cake made with sugar, flour, eggs and starch syrup. It is originally from Portugal and was introduced to Japan in the 16th century by Portuguese. Its soft texture and the simple taste is loved by all ages from children to elderly in Japan. I had heard about this halal castella and knew that I can get it at the airport so I looked for it… Read more »

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Kibidango from Koeido certificated as halal!

If you want to bring back some treats that are more Japanese than matcha Pocky and Kit Kat, how about Kibidango?! Kibidango (millet dumpling) is a wagashi (Japanese confectionary) made with glutinous rice, syrup, rice syrup, sugar and millet originated in Okayama prefecture. Most Japanese are familiar with kibidango from the folktale Momotaro! Koeido, the most famous and perhaps the most popular Kibidango seller from Okayama prefecture has announced that their 8 kinds of Kibidango have been halal certified by Japan Islamic Trust. Koeido is an old established confectionary shop found in 1856. After over 150 years from its establishment, they now aims to spread Kibidango to the world with… Read more »

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Halal Rice Cracker

I was walking through the shopping street that leads to the Sensoji Temple in Asakusa and saw this halal senbei (rice crackers) named “Tokyo Arare” certified by Nippon Asia Halal Association. I bought the red pepper flavor to try. I was expecting it to be really hot but it was actually sweet! Then a little later I got a subtle spicy flavor. I think they made halal senbei because many of the senbei is flavored with the sauce that contains mirin (sweet cooking rice wine). Mirin is daily used condiment in Japan and it’s a bit hard to avoid. The tricky part is that mirin doesn’t taste like alcohol at… Read more »

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Isetan Online Shop now has a halal food section!

Isetan is a department store known for their high quality selection of products. They now have a halal food section in their online shop! Just browsed the items and the Wagyu roasted beef looks pretty good!! http://isetan.mistore.jp/onlinestore/foods/halal/index.html?rid=1cf0d4293566409f80061b12f356f1cc

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nanaco plus+

These are real candies coated with resin!! I immediately fell in love with these from nanaco plus+ (http://www.nanaco-plus.com/jp/index.html) that would go so well with Yukata fashion and the mood of summer in Japan. Konpeito is too cute!!