Japanese Mama-san(Owner) opened this restaurant as she fell in love to Malaysia. They serve Malaysian Cuisine to All Nippon Airway (ANA) business class.
This should’ve happened 8 years ago
In 2004, I worked at Family Mart (a convenient store) inside the Tokyo Tower. During my first week of work, a tourist couple from Malaysia came into the store to buy some Cup Noodles and asked me, “Does this have pork in it?”. Being a bit too lazy to check the ingredients from top to bottom, and not understanding the significance, I just said “Not sure”.
“Well, what Japanese food do you sell that is Halal? Are there ANY places in Japan to find good Halal food?” asked the restless couple.
“Not sure” was my answer again, and the couple left the store, surely with the opinion that this store clerk was a bit useless.
At the time I didn’t know anything about Islam, or Halal food – But as I moved to Singapore a few years later, travelled to Indonesia and Malaysia countless times, I discovered more about religion, culture, and a Halal diet.
Some friends and I decided this year to create Halal Tokyo; a website & app that guides Muslim tourists in Japan to find food outlets that are Halal friendly / certified. We also want to add in other convenient information, such as locations of Prayer Rooms, and Mosques. We think it makes Tokyo more fun, accessible, and yummy for all Muslims.
My hope is that there’s a convenient store clerk in Tokyo that gets the same question that I did 8 years ago, and answers it with, “Just google Halal Tokyo, you’ll find all the places in there”.