When one talks about ‘Halal’, the common impression would be that it is Muslim affiliated but more often than not, Asians lack knowledge of what it truly connotes. For instance, in Singapore where there is a wide cuisine variety for both locals and tourists, most diners know nothing deeply about halal’s origin being one of their most favourite cuisines.
Halal is an Arab word that means permissible which means if a delicacy is said to be halal, the meat or ingredients used must have been prepared in accordance to halal law. For instance, the meat ingredient used in any Halal food is to be slaughtered in accordance to the law of Islam which their Holy Bible “Qu’ran” states. This process is called “dhabiha” wherein the slaughterer swiftly slits the animal’s throat using a sharp knife or blade to ensure the mildest suffering and pain as possible. While the slaughterer carries out this process, a prayer is simultaneously being chanted to Allah invoking His name at the least to bless the meat and the recipe itself.
What separates this process from the usual slaughtering practice? Basically, this halal practice of preparing an animal for food paves way for maximum blood drainage from an animal’s body which means the meat gets more cleansed to make it highly recommendable for all types of ages. Halal, they say, is always a must-try, tastier, and more delish.
Fortunately, if you crave for anything Halal, Singapore has got that covered for you with its various Halal restaurants you can find around.
To summarize, below are a few great reasons to try Halal food in Singapore even if you are not a Muslim:
- Halal food is prepared in a cleaner and safer way. Since the halal’s way of killing animals claims to cause the littlest suffering, the meat that gets produced is said to be cleaner and healthier. Hence, you can enjoy the food all throughout without worrying about any health risks in your mind.
- Figures show that halal food production is impressive in terms of rate on food poisoning and contamination. As a matter of fact, halal food has the smallest rate of incidences in such issues unlike the ingredients and food sold in major supermarkets and fast food chains that have a high chance of carrying bacteria which are probably brought about by unclean processing and packaging processes together with chemical additives, pesticides, and other harmful contents.
- Halal food says no to pork forever. While it is true that a lot of mouth-watering and delish recipes throughout the world use pork meat, within the beliefs of Islam and other religious books, consumption of pork is still strictly prohibited. Such a belief has been practiced as the pork meat is believed to be a vector for pathogenic worms to enter the human body. This is aside from the other health risk factors that pork meat can cause like its fatty acid composition.
- Halal foods are toxic free. One can truly enjoy their halal food at the fullest without worrying about its safety as the halal meat lacks fear toxins which can cause fear and anxiety in humans.
- Halal foods are alcohol free. They are free from toxins which are harmful to human’s nervous system as well. If human’s toxic level goes out of control, his senses and judgment gets severely affected.
And because everything about Halal is good and highly recommendable, it is no more a surprise how Singapore’s halal food industry continues to boom and never runs out of new customers both local and tourists. However, except for fruits and vegetables and milks and eggs from halal animals, note that not all kind of recipes can be halal. For instance, seafoods like lobster, scale less fish, crab, sea snakes, turtles, calamari, octopus, squid, and other sea food cannot be called halal authentic.