Taste of Japan in Halal Cuisine in Indonesia

In recent years the special taste of Japanese food has become more diverse, with the emergence of other types of Japanese food such as sushi, sureiku, ramen, udon, shabu-shabu and various snacks such as mochi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, and others.

New models of eating and payment systems are starting to bloom in these Japanese restaurants, such as all you can eat concepts or other packages. Most importantly, to attract more Muslim consumers in Indonesia, the restaurants are competing to give halal labels to each of their products.

As good Muslims, of course we need to be selective in choosing halal food for our consumption. The issue of halal haram in Islam is a serious matter, every rule has been stated in the Qur’an. But it can’t be denied, most people, especially Millennials, always want to taste new things, including the matter of food!

How do you taste the food from that country? But, is halal guaranteed? These are the two sentences most frequently asked by culinary lovers in Indonesia. Therefore, this time the editorial team of Halal Journal will explore Japanese restaurant trinkets that are currently becoming one of the food trends in Indonesia. Let’s look at the following review.

Matter of Taste and Halal

Speaking of taste, it turns out that each Japanese restaurant brand has its own long story. Combining the distinctive taste of the Land of the Rising Sun with the halal raw materials and secret seasonings is certainly not an easy thing. It takes time, commitment and consistency to produce the perfect blend.

As has been done by two Japanese restaurants, which this year have just obtained halal certificates, namely Sushi Tei Indonesia and Shaburi & Kintan Buffet. During the ceremonial procession for the delivery of halal certificates, the two agreed that the most difficult and time-consuming process of halal certification was to replace all raw materials with clearly halal ingredients, without compromising the quality and taste of Japanese food.

As is known, the taste of Japanese cuisine is identical to the use of wine (sake, ang ciu) which is included in the group of khamr. It might even be the use of broth that comes in contact with non-halal ingredients. These ingredients are the concern of halal, so to get halal Japanese food, all of these ingredients must be replaced with halal ingredients.

High commitment in providing halal food, has become a strong foundation for them to certify halal products. Even some of the Japanese halal restaurants in Indonesia claimed to prepare a special team to take care of halal certification. However, all paid off with the satisfaction and comfort of consumers when consuming their quality and halal restaurant serving.

Unique Food Concept

In addition to the distinctive taste of Japan and the halal of its products, another thing that is the main attraction of Japanese restaurants is the concept or way of eating that is not commonly done in Indonesia. This turned out to have been realized beforehand by Boga Group (Shaburi & Kintan Buffet, Kimukatsu, and Pepper Lunch) who provide concepts with different dining experiences for consumers. So even with Shabu Hachi who also provides a similar concept of eating.

What kind of dining concept has succeeded in attracting Indonesian culinary lovers? Consumers can choose the food ingredients along with the desired favorite sauce, then cook it yourself. At the dining table, the restaurant has prepared a grill (grill) and also a stove along with a pot (pot) with a taste-filled soup sauce (crystal meth). That way, consumers will get a special dining experience and more time to chat with colleagues or family at the dining table.

The payment system is different. First, the all you can eat system. By paying a certain price, consumers can consume a variety of menus that are served within a predetermined time period. While ala carte, consumers pay a price in accordance with the menu ordered. Usually, the ala carte portion is large enough so that consumers consume just one menu. (AH, YN)

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