We hear of the word ‘Halal’ and often attribute it to Muslims but only a few Asians probably know what it truly means. Singapore, for instance, has been a common favourite spot for its magnificent destinations and great its wide variety of cuisine selections including halal food but more often than not, the diners are not intricately aware of its origin.
Halal is an Arabic word which means permissible. Hence, once it is labelled halal, it must have been done in accordance to a particular law. So, when we say Halal meat, it is meat that has been slaughtered according to the law of Islam, as stated in the Qu’ran. The slaughtering process is specifically called dhabiha which has the animal’s throat slit swiftly with a sharp blade to ensure the littlest suffering and pain as possible. Throughout this process, the slaughterer says a prayer to Allah or invokes the name of Allah at the least to bless the animal and the food.
The halal way of preparing an animal for food allows maximum drainage of blood from an animal’s body. In other words, Halal is a specific, cleansed method of slaughtering animals for food; hence, anything that is made halal is considered highly recommendable, must-try, more delicious and tastier dish. The good news is, presently, one can already find quite a lot of Halal restaurants in Singapore.
Why should you try halal food?
Halal restaurants in Singapore are booming all for great reasons. They say when you do well, you receive twice the goodness. Probably that applies even to halal industry. Below are top reasons why Halal foods are worth a try:
- Food Production – Halal food has a very low rate of incidences in terms of food poisoning and contamination unlike food sold in major supermarkets and fast food chains that may carry e-coli and other life threatening bacteria at the worst which are probably caused by unclean processing and packaging procedures along with pesticides, chemical additives, and other harmful contents.
- Halal foods are clean and safe. – The Halal way of slaughter has more chance of reducing the animal’s suffering and produces cleaner and healthier meat. This just means that no more health related risks can occupy in your mind and you will be left entirely enjoying your chosen Halal restaurant in Singapore.
- Halal foods are free from toxins. – Any halal meat lacks fear toxins which can cause fear and anxiety in humans, as the slaughter is quick, and painless as possible.
- Halal foods are no pork. While pork meat has been commonly consumed throughout the world, the fact remains that pork consumption is prohibited as far as Qu’ran and other religious books are concerned. The animal swine is said to be a vector for pathogenic worms to enter the human body. Moreover, the fatty acid composition of pork fat has been considered an incompatible substance with human fat and biochemical systems, thus producing higher health risks.
- Halal foods are free from alcohol. – Intoxicants can harm our nervous system which, if gone out of hand, will severely affect our senses and judgment. More often than not, they become culprits to social and family issues or worse, loss of life.
As a conclusion…
How halal food is produced already defines and explains why halal restaurants in Singapore are a must-try. Simply put, people who patronize and consume organic food would also certainly benefit from halal and kosher food. Just a reminder, though; seafood can be halal except for lobster, crab, scale less fish, mussels, sea snakes, crustaceans, calamari, turtles, clams, squid, octopus, swordfish, shark, oysters, catfish, sturgeon and a lot more. On a bright note, all fruits and vegetables are permissible and all milks and eggs from halal animals are also halal.