Where to Find Halal Food in Turkey? McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut Near Sultanahmet,Taksim (2020)
Where to Find Halal Food in Turkey
We were asked the same questions over & over again. Is the %100 Halal in Turkey? Where to find Halal food in Turkey? Here is the answer;
Islamic Dietary laws clearly explains which foods are Halal (allowed to eat) and which are Haram (strictly prohibited). Commandments can be found in Qur'an, the holy book of Islam as well as in the Hadith (words, actions and habits of Prophet Muhammad PBUH ) and Sunnah ( deeds, teachings and sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) books.
Since the %99.8 of the population is Muslim, all the restaurants have to have Halal Certificate for their products and menus. In fact it will be really struggle to find pork products even if you search for it.
Government strictly controls the meat and additive products. If they find any pork in any product, they will expose the brand and it will be a disaster for that company. Because no one will ever buy their products or eat in their restaurants again.
Turkey's touristic travelers' percentage from Gulf countries got very high late years, as well as from the countries like Algeria, Morocco, Syria.That's why many restaurants and food producers labeled their products with Halal (Helal) certificate that is valid all around the world.
So the answer of the question "Where to Find Halal Food in Turkey ?" is simply everywhere.
Is McDonalds Burger King Pizza Hut or KFC Halal in Turkey ?
We know that many Muslims who live across the Europe or America want to try McDonalds, Burger King, KFC or Pizza Hut so badly, but they can't eat there because the meat they use in Europe/America is not halal.
First thing they ask is where they can find McDonalds or Burger King near Sultanahmet or Taksim.
Because Burger King, McDonalds. Pizza Hut meat and KFC Chickens are %100 Halal in Turkey.
But our personal humble advice is that you should of course try and eat in Fast Food Chains if you want to, but focusing more on local tastes and finding local restaurants that serves delicious kebabs, meatballs and traditional Turkish meat dishes should be a better choice .
All the vegetarian products in Turkey are Halal as well.
In some big supermarkets ( Migros or Macro Center) or in some regions where Turkish Greek and Turkish Armenian Citizens live, swine (porcine animal products such as bacon, pork sausage) can be found.
There will be special place separate from other products for swine products and on the shelf there must be warning signs with big fonts saying that it includes pork. It might sound strange for non-muslims but government takes it very seriously.
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