|Even though it can be fun to try new things, it should never be at the expense of your own religion or personal beliefs. If you find the food of the country you visit is not to your liking or even prohibited by your faith, it can most certainly ruin your trip. Those who are vegetarian or Muslim, may have certain dietary restrictions that make finding restaurants in Korea a challenge. Thankfully, there are a number of dishes and restaurants catering to both vegetarians and Muslims in Korea, due to significant numbers of the population choosing to lead alternative lifestyles. In particular, hanjeongsik (the Korean full-course meal), a meal of vegetables and Buddhist temple foods, is an ideal choice that allows you to savor the unique taste of Korean food while respecting your dietary needs. Below are some restaurants specifically geared for vegetarians and Muslims to ensure that their Korean dining experience is pleasant and nutritious.|
|Meat is a common part of the typical Korean meal. It may be used as a main or side dish, or even just as a garnish. This often makes it difficult to find a meat-free dish. However, contrary to what some may believe, there are a great many vegetarian dishes in Korean cooking, including dubu (bean curd), mushrooms, wild vegetables, and other greens. Both nutritious and delicious, there are plenty of savory foods to enjoy that are meat-free.
|Muslim Dietary Concerns|
|Many Korean dishes are made with pork, and it is customary in Korea to drink liquor during or after a meal. Many Muslims can not partake in these customs, as it would violate their religious ordinances. In the past, some Muslims brought canned or packaged instant foods with them on their trips to Korea. Fortunately, restaurants are showing increasing sensitivity to this issue and there are more and more restaurants serving Middle Eastern food prepared according to Islamic law. Please keep reading for a list of restaurants and masjids located in Korea.|
|Middle Eastern food|
|Due to religious beliefs, many Muslims may not partake in the blood of dead animals, pork, meat of carnivorous animals, and/or meat not properly slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law. Even among herbivorous animals and birds, only halal meat (slaughtered properly in the Islamic way) is allowed. Therefore, Muslims may experience difficulties finding proper food when visiting Korea.|