Manila Eat-Balut and such…

Before I left, I did seek some advices from religious teachers. One of them is Halal-ness. As mentioned in my many posts. Halal-ness of every food you consumed depends on individuality. I asked readers (often) to take responsibility for it.Meaning, do not judge others what they consumed or why, but mainly, take note of what you consume and why. Because how restrict you are to your own Halal-ness depends on your iman and taqwa…ur religion,ur upbringing,ur everything…

And so, one of my Hifz Teachers, taught me that…

Sometimes when travelling, we have trouble finding Halal food,so we can eat food cooked by the People of the book..like Jews, Christians…

I know we can eat Kosher food but when He told me that we can eat KFC (originates from USA) even without Halal cert, I was shocked! But then he stressed that it all depends on individuality. Some times some Muslims are not able to eat food even from Halal-certified establishments (cooked by nonmuslims).

I agree with the above because in NYC, I went asking each and every vendor in the streetfood carts whether their hotdogs are Halal or Kosher before finally settling into one Halal hotdogs. And we did discuss (me and these good food people) and even though I know and they knew that we can eat Kosher food, I was not able to consume one, I dunno why. Perhaps, I was not prepared..I dunno.Or perhaps, there is an option of finding a Halal one, that motivated me to continue finding…

And in Philippines, I saw KFC (limited cos fried chicken fast food industry is dominated by Jollibee. There is a question in my mind-Can I eat Jollibee since majority of the Filipinos are Christians? and is the founder Christian too? I dunno, so many questions played in my mind, and cause me to be wary that I stayed away. If in doubt, always stay safe by not eating it.

Anyway , I saw the KFC, but what is so intriguingly doubtful was that, it has bacon, ham… yeah..so that kinda puts that fried chicken cravings,off.

I know, I post many Halal eateries in Manila itself, but take note , they are far away. And the muslim community is much further away …(and the challenge were not many cabbies want to take u there nor take u back from there).

So with no idea where to get food and with no vegan options (not that I see within my reach), and a non-muslim personal driver who has done his bestest to check out every Halal eateries in my list (but to no avail) and we soon grew tired and get impatiently tired with the hot weather and my “tummy band”..so we have to settle down to…

He went to call up his Muslim friends and asked for help or another safe option-to seek seafood eateries cos they often have no meat or pork in its menu..so that’s why the next entry of my post was about Seafood… (not halal certified, nor muslim owned)

Well, that’s that…

Next in line, BALUT.

( about the BALUT.. )

I did interview endless muslim Filipinos in the Quiapo area…about BALUT, whether they consumed them, how it taste? Where to get it…etc…

They all eat BALUT. So whenever I travel, I trust the local instincts and especially the local muslims’ taste.

When I first stepped into Philippines, we saw many Balut sellers. So I thought since it’s abundant, we can have it on the last day.On my last night,  we set out to find.None can be found. And the driver even told me not to worry, cos he will go and find it elsewhere..

And weirdly, he too cannot find any. Then I began to notice this uneasiness. Normally, I was not easily scared by weird and bizarre food. If its good for the locals, its good for me.

But there was a faint uneasiness. And so I text one of my friends who is a Halal consultant. He was not able to reply till the next day. And luckily, I did not get to find any BALUT because…

He said it’s best I , not a local, did not consume it. Because there are doubts (From Scholars/Ulamaks/religious teachers etc) that either wait out till the embryo/ducklings hatched or eat it when it was totally and fullyfledge egg .SO either or but not middle…which was the balut. Although the muslim locals eat them ,its ok because they are locals and they are used to it but I am a visitor. And so it’s best to avoid all doubts and the dubious ..-well,something like that.(According to my understanding)

Please consult a Halal consultant, or your own Halal organisation or your own Religious teacher concerning the Balut…

I trust my friend’s expertise…and years of Halal experience and I accept it.

So when we have trouble finding Balut, it was not just a mere coincidence, it’s telling me something…a Blessing in disguise indeed!

As for the taste, I can imagine it since I have listened to them describing it…
slight saltish, like a boiled egg with protruding little brittle boney things perhaps a lil feather or two (just joking) inside…Eat plain or u can dipped in their vinegar dip…

p.s: When I travelled, I will do my utmost best to eat Halal (from muslim owned or Halal certified premises), if not available, I shall go for Vegan options or Seafood options or lastly food from People of the Book …

Of course, whenever possible (if allowed in your accomodation),you can DIY, cooking for urself is always the best option when Halal food is not available..and the amazing choices of local produce is just wonderful!

Note: I am just describing my own journey.and sharing my experiences…according to my views and knowledge. I am no scholar nor expert in religious views, I am doing my best to be a good muslim.Do not take my word for it. U don’t even have to accept everything I say or do…, just keep an open mind..and do ur own research.So if the info I’ve given is not true according to you or if you do not agree with anything I’ve said.It’s ok as long as you know what’s best or what’s right for you. Everyone has a unique way of finding and understanding and even conveying the truth about everything.Sesungguhnya kelemahan itu adalah dari diri saya dan kebaikan semuanya adalah dari Allah swt. And if in doubt, please consult your own Religious teacher, Halal consultant or Halal organisation for more info. Allahu ‘alam.

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  1. Assalamu alaikum. I am a Muslimah from Manila. It's true and unfortunate that we Muslim Filipinos have very limited halal food choices. I have traveled to Singapore and Malaysia and was overwhelmed by the many halal food I can eat without worries. I stuffed myself haha. Let me know the next time you're coming to Manila. I can show you around the halal restaurants, inshaaAllah. Great blog, by the way.

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