Rama-done with studies and struggling to find somewhere to eat?
We got you. Writer Salehuddin is here to take you on a tour of halal-friendly eateries on campus.
Ramadhan is an important time of a Muslim’s life as they begin their month-long intermittent fasting. However, finding halal food when breaking fast may be a challenge for students, let alone during usual meal times.
So where exactly can you find halal food in SMU? If you’re a fellow Muslim student or know a friend who is Rama-done with finals this year, look no further - this article will serve as a guide to halal options on campus!
Li Ka Shing Library
Li Ka Shing Library currently has two eateries that offer halal options: TripletS and Koufu.
TripletS sells bread and waffles, which are good for a light meal if you’re planning to break fast during night classes. While Koufu now has fewer halal stores available than before, its Yong Tau Foo store is still halal-certified and offers a healthy and affordable variety of toppings.
There’s also the newly-opened cafe - 1983 A Taste of Nanyang, which serves traditional food like Nasi Lemak, Curry Chicken and Traditional Kopi & Toast sets. It’s in the midst of getting a halal certificate, so keep an eye out for its Halal debut!
Next to Bras Basah Exit A, above Bober Tea/Pick&Go
Mon - Fri: 7am - 9.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8am - 8pm
Li Ka Shing Basement 1
Mon - Fri: 6.45am - 9pm Sat: 6.45am - 4pm
Closed on Sun & Public Holidays
1983: A Taste of Nanyang (Pending Halal Certification!)
Li Ka Shing Level 1, beside Campus Green
Mon - Fri: 7am-6pm
Closed on Sun & Public Holidays
School of Computing and Information Systems 1
SCIS1 offers Subway, a fast food franchise we all know and love that serves fresh sandwiches. While it does have slightly steeper price point, the outlet at SMU SCIS1 offers a meal discount of 10% for all SMU students and staff. This discount allows you to have a 6-inch sandwich with a cookie-and-drink set and even a bowl of soup for just under $10!
Behind SCIS1 gantry area
Mon - Fri: 9am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 8pm
Sun: 10am - 5pm
School of Economics/School of Computing and Information Systems 2
The SOE/SCIS2 building has recently introduced a hybrid hawker stall: The Michelin Stared Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang & Hong Seng Curry Rice Express. If you’re craving nasi lemak or a traditional Hainanese curry rice, this is the place for you.
Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang & Hong Seng Curry Rice Express
Beside SOE/SCIS2 gantry area
Mon - Fri: 7am - 11pm
Sat: 9am - 9pm
Sun: 10am - 10pm
Yong Pung How School of Law
Located right opposite Kwa Geok Choo Law Library is Ayam Penyet President, a casual restaurant chain that takes pride in serving authentic Indonesian cuisine. Personally, I do hope I will have the opportunity to try out their food one day as it remained closed for much time after Covid hit.
Ayam Penyet President
Opposite the gantry to Kwa Geok Choo Law Library
Mon - Thurs: 11.30am - 9pm
Fri: 11.30am - 9.30pm
Sat: 11am - 9.30pm
Sun: 11am - 9pm
Only a few of these food outlets are open past 7pm when Muslims usually break fast in Singapore. Fortunately, there are other food outlets, malls and convenient stores located near our campus which open around dinner time as seen below. Alternatively, you can use a non-SMU gmail to access the online interactive map here.
Map showing locations with halal options available around the SMU Campus
Hopefully, this article will help you learn more about the available halal places to eat, even after Ramadhan passes. If you’re reading this to help a friend, I hope this will help them through finals while fasting this year!
All the best for finals during the holy month of Ramadhan!