Halal Shopping at the Supermarket!

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Halal Shopping at Ningbo’s Metro Supermarket!

Ningbo's Metro Supermarket Front Entrance
Ningbo’s Metro Supermarket Front Entrance

Halal-certified Food Products

Apart from fresh vegetables, seafood, and halal drinks, here’s a list of halal-certified food products that I found at Metro!

Some of the halal-certified foods found in Ningbo's Metro Supermarket
Some of the halal-certified foods found in Ningbo’s Metro Supermarket

Apart from the items above, I have also found these halal-certified food products on the shelves of the supermarket:

  1. Soy sauce
  2. Oyster sauce
  3. Tomato ketchup
  4. Thai chili sauce
  5. Khong Guan Crackers
  6. Kawanku roti canai (Malaysian Indian flat breads)
  7. Yum Yum instant noodle

Halal but Not Certified Food Products

Although some food products such as breakfast cereal, biscuits, and certain sauces are not halal-certified, they can be halal too. Just make sure you check the ingredients beforehand. If you can’t read and understand Mandarin, bring a friend who can to the supermarket with you!

Different-flavoured Oreos. The ingredients are halal, in shaa Allah.
Different-flavoured Oreos. The ingredients are halal, in shaa Allah.

Non-halal (Haram) Ingredients

 Also, be sure to look out for these codes when looking at the ingredients section of any food products. These are non-halal and should be avoided.

Non-halal e-codes
Non-halal e-codes

Photo credit: (Adlan Khalidi, 2011).

For more information on what these E-codes stand for and why they’re non-halal, check out AlaHazrat International Islamic Web here.

Culture Shock Alert!

Unlike supermarkets in Malaysia, the supermarkets in Ningbo does not have a special section for halal food. Don’t be surprised if you find halal-certified frozen chicken placed next to packets of bacon strips!

That’s all I have for today’s blog post! Feel free to ask me any questions in the Comments section below!

Best wishes, Elynna :).

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