Saturday, August 23, 2014

Food For Thought

My favorite Lian Thong Hainan Restaurant at Taiping,
my wife prepared herself Yunnan Greentea Drinks

"You have become a Malay." My mom is always telling me the same thing.
"What.. Why? Tell me what make you say like that."

"After you embraced that religion, what you eat is just KFC, Mamak stalls, Malay and Siam Restaurant. Why don't you go to Chinese restaurant anymore?"

So I brought my parent to New Hollywood restaurant at Canning Garden, Ipoh one day. There's a lot of Chinese stalls are selling Chinese Foods like Char Kuey Teow, 油炸鬼, wantan mee, chee cheong fun... Most importantly that's no forbidden meat inside. My mom just tells me that this food is not "Chinese" enough.

Oh well... I can understand what they are thinking about me. I was raised up as a pork eater, that's pretty normal thing among Chinese. (I'm sorry if you are sensitive of the word "pork") Believe it or not, when I was a kid I asked my parent why do we consume pork if the pig farming is so smelly that it ruined the morning breezes. (Apologize again if "pig farming" also a big NO to you) I had stayed at house area that 10KM far away from the pig farming place, whereby the smell is so terrible that it's much worst than the garbage disposal area.

"Don't ask too much! Just eat what we Chinese used to be, are you going to become a Malay avoid pork??" My father said to me, the ridiculous idea about "why pork is so dirty that we still eat it" was following me in slightest way, sometimes I was thinking about it, sometimes not. It feels like that I have a feeling of looking for an answer, what is truly forbidden and what is lawful.

New Hollywood Restaurant, Canning Garden, Ipoh Perak.
Don't be surprised that it's halal foods served by Chinese Non-Muslim.

Prohibition Of Alcohol

Alright, let's talk about beer.
What if Government decides to prohibit Non-Muslim from drinking and selling beer? If this law is enforced on Non-Muslim, most probably there would be chaos and protest about Human Right of consume beer. Also there would be certain political party leader yell out for justice and freedom. In Islam, Muslims are practicing the prohibition of beer consumption over thousand years without failure.

Let's study the story of prohibition focused on the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages in United States since 1840s. Unfortunately it didn't last for many years and was repealed in 1933

This 1902 illustration from the Hawaiian Gazette shows the Anti-Saloon League and the Women's Christian Temperance Union's campaign against beer brewers. The "water cure" was a torture in the news because of its use in the Philippines.

Prohibition focused on the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages; however, exceptions were made for medicinal and religious uses. Alcohol consumption was never illegal under federal law. Nationwide prohibition did not begin in the United States until 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, and was repealed in 1933, with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment. Concern over excessive alcohol consumption began during the American colonial era, when fines were imposed for drunken behavior and for selling liquor without a license.[23] In the eighteenth century, when drinking was a part of everyday American life, Protestant religious groups, especially the Methodists, and health reformers, including Benjamin Rush and others, urged Americans to curb their drinking habits for moral and health reasons. By the 1840s the temperance movement was actively encouraging individuals to reduce alcohol consumption. Many took a pledge of total abstinence (teetotalism) from drinking distilled liquor as well as beer and wine. Prohibition remained a major reform movement from the 1840s until the 1920s, when nationwide prohibition went into effect, and was supported by evangelical Protestant churches, especially the Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Disciples of Christ, and Congregationalists. Kansas and Maine were early adopters of statewide prohibition. Following passage of the Maine law, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York, among others, soon passed statewide prohibition legislation; however, a number of these laws were overturned.[23]

The repeal movement was initiated and financed by the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, who worked to elect Congressmen who agreed to support repeal. The group's wealthy supporters included John D. Rockefeller, Jr., S. S. Kresge, and the Du Pont family, among others, who had abandoned the dry cause.[23] Pauline Sabin, a wealthy Republican who founded the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), argued that Prohibition should be repealed because it made the United States a nation of hypocrites and undermined its respect for the rule of law. This hypocrisy and the fact that women had initially led the prohibition movement convinced Sabin to establish the WNPR. Their efforts eventually led to the repeal of prohibition.[28][29]

After 1933 till today, no one questioning about the Prohibition of beer anymore. It's a forgotten history by most of us.

Therefore since the day I had convinced by Allah the al-Mighty Creator about Islam is true message and He explained what is lawful and forbidden for mankind, I quit eating pork and consume beer immediately before registered as a Muslim.

Allah has prescribed certain obligations for you, so do not neglect them; He has defined certain limits, so do not transgress them; He has prohibited certain things, so do not do them; and He has kept silent concerning other things out of mercy for you and not because of forgetfulness, so do not ask questions concerning them.
(Reported by aI-Darqutni and classified as hasan (good) by al-Nawawi.)

Halal Dim Sum

My new interest is looking for Halal Chinese foods, where the forbidden meat is switched to lawful meat while not losing the great taste itself. My favorite place would be Hainan Restaurant that serving halal foods since early of 20th century in Malaysia. What intrigued me the most is this news "Halal dim sum a hit in Kelana Jaya" as published in The Star Newspaper.

Among the types of dim sum sold by Yeap are shark’s fin, spicy roll, seaweed and black pepper. She sells about four large trays of dim sum and various types of pau.

Aisyah Yeap, 54, a Muslim convert, said she always kept an eye out for halal food.
She said there were many suppliers who sold halal dim sum but it did not taste authentic.

“Good Chinese dim sum is commonly made of lean pork meat. Since I became a Muslim, it was hard for me to find dim sum certified by Jakim.

“I finally managed to source for the halal version, which tastes very close to the ‘original’,” said Yeap.

Yeap does not make them herself but gets the dim sum from a supplier who has halal certification.

“This dim sum is made of lean chicken or seafood such as prawns,” she said.

"I know he is Chinese!"

Last week I heard my Muslim colleagues talking about Hainan Restaurant.

"I heard of there is a Hainan Restaurant beside the Sungai Perak, Kuala Kangsar. They are serving the best Pau and noodles right there."
"They are Chinese chief cooks. We shouldn't go to eat at there."

"But there are a lot of Malay customers enjoy their meal too."
"It's better avoid such Chinese restaurant, we never know what's inside the meal."

What an irritating conversations ever but I pretend heard nothing from them both. It's not wrong to eat Chinese food if it's served in halal way. Don't be overreacted with the word of "Chinese" or whatsoever if Allah never judge his servants by race and tribe.

And say, "The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills - let him believe; and whoever wills - let him disbelieve." Indeed, We have prepared for the wrongdoers a fire whose walls will surround them. And if they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like murky oil, which scalds [their] faces. Wretched is the drink, and evil is the resting place.

Surat Al-Kahf (The Cave) 18:29


  1. I've been there to eat before at Canning Garden and my favourite was Meat Ball Mee... It's great to find out there's a lot more pure chinese restaurant that serve halal food..

  2. assalam.. we need more people like you to share more on things that we rarely talked about..
    keep it up.. may Allah gives hidayah to all of your family, just like He gave you.. insyllh..

    one thing if i can comment here, could you change the link color from yellowish to something pleasing to the eyes :)

  3. What a great writeout. After convert its limited halal eat outs

  4. Salam
    Is there any halal seafood restaurant in Ipoh ? I'm planning for a quick getaway to Ipoh soon 😊

    1. waalaikumussalam. May try these places :

  5. Thank you.. i agree.. there is so many of us who is too paranoid that they overlooked everything this is permissible... and being muslims is not in any way turning into a malay...

  6. Assalamualaikum. Thanks for sharing. I've had Chee Cheong Fun at Canning Garden several times before and it has become my favourite dish there. But suddenly i thought of how the chicken got slaughtered. And i cant help thinking if they ever cooked pork using the same utensils (because my parents are the one that keep making me think like that).

    So i need ur opinion on how to be convinced that the meals are cooked in halal ways so that i can enjoy my chinese meals later. Because u may know more than me on how they operate their eatery business to cater Muslims

    Thank you.


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