Category Archives: Halal

Halal 101: The Ingredient Substitutes – Bourbon & Dry Vermouth

Aplikasi alkohol dalam makanan merupakan hal yang semakin sering terlihat, baik di televisi melalui acara-acara memasak kontemporer maupun di beberapa kebudayaan dengan resep-resep tradisionalnya.

Dua jenis yang sering diaplikasikan adalah bourbon serta vermouth dan tidak terbatas pada pastry saja namun juga di berbagai masakan gurih dan banyak lainnya.

Eat Halal memberikan alternatif yang dapat menggantikannya dengan bahan-bahan yang cukup mudah ditemukan. Berikut adalah daftarnya.


BOURBON

Substitusi:

  • Untuk setiap dua sendok makan bourbon, bisa digantikan dengan 1 hingga 2 sendok teh dari ekstrak vanili. Pastikan bebas alkohol.

DRY VERMOUTH

Substitusi:

  • Untuk setiap 1 sendok makan dari dry vermouth, gunakan 1 sendok makan jus apel

Information credit: Eat Halal

Image is only an illustration of bourbon

Halal 101: The Ingredient Substitutes – Bacon

Ah, bacon – satu elemen makan pagi kekinian yang digemari banyak orang dan memupuk rasa penasaran bagi yang sejatinya tidak mengonsumsi daging babi dan olahannya.

Tidak mudah menemukan bacon yang halal, terutama bila tengah bertandang keluar negeri. Terlebih istilah bacon sudah pasti by default terbuat dari babi. Kasus serupa biasanya menimpa juga sosis.

Sehingga sangat penting bagi kaum Muslim untuk berhati-hati ketika mengonsumsi yang satu ini, terlebih memang istimewa sepertinya bila dipadukan dengan kentang, baked beans, serta sunny side up untuk makan pagi.

Beruntung di restoran ataupun hotel-hotel di negeri-negeri mayoritas Muslim biasanya sudah ada substitusi berupa beef bacon. Tapi bagi Anda yang keukeuh ingin mengolahnya sendiri, berikut adalah beberapa penggantinya:

BACON

Substitusi:

  • Bacon untuk vegetarian
  • Imitasi bacon yang terbuat dari daging yang halal

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Image is only an illustration of bacon

Halal 101: The Ingredient Substitutes – Almond Extract

Tetap berjuang mempromosikan gaya hidup halal nan sehat dan berkualitas, TGA kini mencoba mencari dari seantero dunia untuk informasi-informasi yang bermanfaat bagi mereka yang mencari pengganti dari bahan-bahan memasak yang lazimnya non-halal.

Beberapa artikel mendatang akan TGA coba pilah-pilah bahan per bahan untuk mempermudah referensi para pembaca yang budiman sekalian untuk memasak. Kesemua bahan ini kami referensikan dari situs Eat Halal dengan sedikit suntingan bila diperlukan.

Selamat memasak!


ALMOND EXTRACT

Substitutes:

  • Bitter almond oil: gunakan 1/8 sendok teh minyak sebagai pengganti 1 sendok teh ekstrak almond. Tambahkan hingga rasa sudah cocok.
  • Ekstrak vanili: tambahkan hingga rasa sudah cocok. Pastikan halal sebelumnya.

Information credit: Eat Halal

Japan’s restaurants look to cater to the halal food industry (via Channel NewsAsia)

As visitors from predominantly Muslims countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia are increasingly visiting Japan, food and beverage outlets and doing what they can to cater to this new up-and-coming industry. 

In a sushi restaurant in Tokyo, a group of customers is shuffling in. They first take a quick glance at the menu to check if there’s anything that might go against halal rules.

The restaurant is only one of many in Japan that are looking to the halal food market to expand their business, as visitors from predominantly Muslim countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia are increasingly visiting Japan.

However, there are also difficulties they face in catering to these customers.

“In Japan, places where they handle halal seasoning are very limited,” said manager of Sushi Ken Masao Ito. “I have had difficulty getting my hands on them. The fish itself is not a problem. (But) another problem is processed food.”

However, they have managed to find alternatives. At Sushi Ken, the seasoning is made in-house. The radish roll tastes a little different, but is still delicious. At another Yakiniku, or grilled meat restaurant, its owners are doing even more to obtain halal certification.

“They have to change all their ingredients, items,” said chairman of the Japan Halal Foundation, Mohamed Nazer.

The restaurant has even prepared a whole new kitchen to be able to serve halal meat. According to its manager, the cost of doing so has been high, though he stopped short of unveiling the exact amount.

“If things work out, we would like to be a halal meat wholesaler to expand business,” said manager of Pangu, Hiroaki Sato.

The restaurant eventually earned a stamp of approval, a boon for Muslims diners as a mosque is located nearby.

MUSLIMS CAN ENJOY WITHOUT ANY WORRIES

Taito ward now has 17 restaurants with halal certification, a huge step up from when there were only Indian restaurants serving halal food in the past. This change is in part due to subsidies of up to US$820 offered by the local city government, part of a scheme that started in October.

They used to have only Indian restaurants serving halal menus. This change is partly due to subsidies of up to 820 US dollars offered by the local city government, thanks to a system launched in October.

“When you travel, you want to enjoy the food of that country, the regions, and if that cannot be done here in Taito ward, it’s sad,” said director of tourism at Taito City office, Takuji Kwai. “We offer lots of delicious food. So we decided to create an environment where Muslims can enjoy without any worries.”

A growing number of local governments are also trying to encourage more of their businesses to cater to Muslim visitors. The halal exhibition in Japan is one that has seen success, with an increase of 80 exhibitors last year to 120 this year.

“Japan is not a Muslim country so the market is very small,” said chairman of the Japan halal Expo Executive Committee, Yoshichika Terasawa, Chairman. “It’s gradually expanding. But it depends on Muslim visitors to Japan. I hope more food suppliers (and) exporters go to the cities to find their new market, the Muslim market.”

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Written by Michiyo Ishida

Taken from Channel NewsAsia

Why halal food is good for everyone (via Muslimvoices.org)

Chicken and a child

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik (flickr)

The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain.

Within the Muslim community, halal is used to describe what is permissible both in food and in actions. We typically associate halal with food, as do many non-Muslims. For purposes of this article, we explore why halal food, specifically meat and poultry, is good for everyone.

I grew up devouring literature with information on eating right and living healthy. When I became a Muslim nearly ten years ago, I was excited to learn about the guidelines set forth in the Quran as it relates to what a Muslim should and should not eat.

In the process, I realized that I was fortunate enough to develop health-conscious eating habits early on in life that morphed into actions related to food consumption in accordance with Islam.

It was quickly obvious to me that the two went hand in hand.

As a food writer and blogger, I keep up with the latest news and trends on the U.S. and international food scenes on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there are more and more instances in which food is contaminated and people sickened from preventable issues related to food safety and sanitation in both the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

Also unfortunate is the rising number of preventable diseases related to over-consumption.

Alhamdullilah, there is a growing movement in the U.S. to revolutionize how and what we eat. First Lady Michelle Obama, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and well-known food writers such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters are heading up this movement through books, documentaries and lectures across the country.

Because of this push to educate the masses, many people are not only reading labels but demanding to know the source of their food. They want to know what the animals are eating and how they are living, the kind of air they are breathing and what, if anything is being injected into their bodies. They are visiting farms, talking to farmers, insisting on organic products, or at least those that are all natural and not sprayed or injected with harmful pesticides, toxins or artificial growth hormones.

How does halal food fit into this parameter?

Halal encompasses more than just meat, or even the type of meat eaten, although it is the most discussed type of product consumed.

For an animal to go from farm to table as halal food, it must have lived a pure life from the very beginning, finishing a cycle of life that is permissible in accordance with Islamic standards. It must have eaten well, been treated well, and been sacrificed well. It may sound good in theory, but what does this all mean?

The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain. It should not be confined to an area where it cannot move or walk normally or get fresh air. It should be fed clean water and food that is appropriate and absolutely never fed another animal or products that contain the by-products of other animals.

As an animal should be treated well during its life, it should also be treated well at the time it is sacrificed for us. The slaughter should never be done in the presence of other animals and the animal should be made comfortable as it is positioned for the sacrifice. The act of the sacrifice should be done with a sharp object, so as to accelerate the process and reduce the pain suffered by the animal as much as possible.*

Afterwords, the blood should be completely drained from the animal. It is the blood that carries toxins, germs and bacteria and when left inside the body of the animal, could potentially make people sick. At the very least, it could make the cooked meat quite tough. An amazing result of cooking and consuming halal meat is a healthy meat in which the resulting texture is tender and the meat delicious. Some people say they can “taste the difference”.

On the flip side of halal is the haram (impermissible). The most commonly known haram consumables are alcohol and pork (and their by-products), both of which are the cause of numerous health issues. (This is backed by scientific data.) Although these two products themselves could constitute their own essay, for purposes of this article they are only briefly mentioned here.

Instead of seeing the impermissible as a closed door on food choices, one can embrace an entire world of exciting, delicious and healthy variety of foods. Islam enjoins us to treat our bodies well as it has a right over us and will testify against us on the Day of Judgment for any injustices we may have caused it during our lifetime.

Treating our bodies with wholesome foods free of harmful ingredients — pesticides, toxins, pollutants, filth, etc. — is not just a value desired by Muslims, it’s desired by all of humanity. It’s a common need, a common desire and a common right, and that means everyone can benefit from consuming halal foods and avoiding what is not.

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Halal Meat & Poultry Companies
Crescent Foods (Poultry)
Green Zabiha
Whole Earth Meats

Halal Food & Cooking Sites
My Halal Kitchen
Zabihah.com (restaurant locator)

Important Documentaries about Our Food & Agricultural System
Food, Inc.
The Future of Food
King Corn: You are What You Eat

Books About the Current State of Our Food and What We Can Do About It
Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Edible Schoolyard by Alice Waters

*Narrated Shaddad bin Aus (Radiyallahu Anhu) Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Anyone of you should sharpen his blade so that the animal may be spared from the suffering of the sharpening.” [Reported by hadith narrator Sahih Muslim].

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Written by: Yvonne Maffei

Original link: http://muslimvoices.org/halal-food-good/