Celebrate Eid al-Fitr with this halal feast

Published May 10, 2021, 3:55 PM

by John Legaspi

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang offers halal-certified food for takeout and delivery

Vegetable biryani, harmour harra, vegetable samosas, and baklava

The pandemic may put some of our usual activities on hold, but it is not strong enough to shake our religious traditions. For our Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadan, a month-long fasting, still happened this year. But apart from the abstinence, Ramadan is also a time for piety and self-reflection, making one of the important events in the Islamic calendar.

This May 12, 2021 marks the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr. Known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast, Eid al-Fitr is a time when Muslims gather and celebrate Allah after a month of reflection by doing acts of charity, prayers, and festive meals.

The Manila Hotel recognizes the importance of Eid al-Fitr to Muslim Filipinos, that it is why its Café Ilang-Ilang cooks up sumptuous meals that are delicious and halal-certified. Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful, and clean. Any dish can be halal, as long as the meat used is religiously slaughtered and no pork or alcohol is involved.

“The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang has a halal kitchen certified by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board,” the grand dame of hotels in the city says. “This kitchen dedicated to halal food preparation serves Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired halal dishes [that] will whet your appetite and pay homage to its traditional roots.”

Mixed vegetables and Tandoori chicken

The hotel’s Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet set comes with dried dates and juice, chickpeas hummus, Fattoush mixed salad, roti and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa, and baklava. The set is just one of the three choices for the Halal Certified Home Buffet.

“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone,” says Chef Kiran Singh, the hotel’s Halal trained chef. “We can also customize the food according to our customer’s request. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste.”

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of The Manila Hotel’s Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes, available for Takeout and delivery. Click here for the full menu.