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You are likely to stumble into Moud’s Chicken Halal if you are one of those avidly scouring Quiapo for counterfeit DVDs of Jewel in the Palace and such. Even so, there are no signs announcing that you have arrived in Moud’s except that the line is long and there’s a big rotisserie grill roasting dozens of their golden-brown chicken.
Zee had told me about this place a few months before and hence made it a point to check what the rave was all about. This is after all not one of those places likely to be written about in the nouveau riche lifestyle sections of magazines and newspapers. This is Quiapo with its gangsters and stinky sidestreets. By all means do not go here if you find icky the thought of eating carinderia food in the center of all the murk.
The specialty of the house is the chicken, both the roasted and the fried versions. 1/4 size is P50 or barely $1, one whole chicken is P190. Overall, I didn’t find anything special with the chicken (I thought Andok’s was better) but it did taste great when dipped in the homemade tomato chili sauce. I paired my food with kabza which is Arabic rice mixed with certain spices and it was really goood. Considering that the whole meal cost me only P60, I’ve no right to complain, hahah.
Moud’s has other kitchen goodies at dirt-cheap prices. The halal burger and spaghetti cost only P20 each, beef samosa at P10, and a four-piece pack of roti bread was P15. Aside from this, they have noodles, spring rolls, hopia, salads and breads.
Never mind the ambiance, eating at Moud’s can be a very novel experience. It’s the perfect reward after all those hours of shopping in Quiapo’s underground DVD district.
Moud’s is at Globo de Oro St. Quiapo. Don’t hesitate to ask your friendly Moslem neighbors for directions.
wow! sarap …
di ko pa narinig yang halal na yan nung nasa pinas ako …. dito ko lang nalaman yan sa singapore, dahil maraming muslim dito ….tanga ko no..syempre me halal sa pinas kasi dami din muslim 🙂
yang ganyang order dito siguro e nasa 3.50 to 4.50 sgd na dito yan sa foodcourt 🙂 mura ng konti sa mga hawkers 🙂
ei…thanks po sa pagdalaw sa manganin 🙂
Hi Melai. Ako rin walang masyadong pakialam sa halal na yan although i heard that worldwide it’s a multi-million dollar biz. Para sa akin kasi, “pork fat rules”:lol:
Happy Easter, Ajay!
wow! ang talap naman ng meal mo.:grin: Pero hindi na ako nagtataka, kasi sa Moud’s Chicken Halal pala galing, hay…nakakamiss din ang Quiapo at ang lugar na yan.
That looks really yummy and delicious. Unfortunately, it’s been years since I last went to Quiapo. It’s hard to park in there. I might drag my hubby one day.
Al Perez says
Fyi. “halal” means foods that are permissible for Muslims to consume. When it comes to meat, pork is definitely a no-no (there goes Lapid’s yummy chicharon!) and so are blood and blood by-products (kaya mahirap gumawa ng dinuguan dito!) The halal slaughtering process consists of killing the animal quickly with a sharp knife while the name of Allah is muttered. The quick slaughter ensures that the animal’s death is not filled with unnecessary pain. Animals which are dead before slaughter (ex: yung manok na namatay sa sabong) are avoided for health reasons – the animal may have succumbed to disease or poisoning. Actually, it is a good practice for it means, in practical terms that the meat is fresh. As for the kabsa, cardamon and cinnamon are the two ingredients that make it smell exotic. It’s a very popular rice dish here in the ME and very often, raisins and almonds/pine nuts are added to it to give a sweetish, nutty flavor. It’s good someone has come up with that concoction there back home. And for the price you mentioned, it’s a steal indeed!
Belated Happy Easter too, Irene and Jhay:smile:
Hi Noemi. It’s advisable not to bring your car to Quiapo.. maybe park it somewhere not as crowded and just explore Quiapo on foot
Wow, thanks for the info Al. This is a very good lesson on halal food and how it is processed/prepared. Mukhang lahat ng bawal sa halal ginagawa nating mga Pinoy, haha. I really liked the kabsa at Moud’s and had to ask the counter girl what spices it was made of..she wouldn’t tell me:eek:
Hi Ajay, Happy belated Easter sistah! So are you 2 lbs lighter after the holidays?
Madaming HalaL centers dito pero hindi ko type (kasi medyo known sila for dirty food prep 😐 )
anyway, ang mura dyan ha!
M. Matthews says
I enjoyed visiting visiting your Web site today!
You sure know your ways around Manila and you are a cool and hip
I’m in NYC and I do love to go out to Filipino and other Asian restaurants.
I love the food, people and cultural ways-of-life of Filipinos (from all regions) and Asians.
Hoping to met you with my Filipina wife during a hopeful visit in 08.
Salamt Po & More Power to you,
Thess dear, I was fasting during the Holy Week but now am back to my old self, aaargh.:???: I don’t think the halal food here is as clean but you know we Filipinos, we prefer all the dirt and the street food
Hi Mr. Matthews, thanks for dropping by. It is always nice hearing from foreigners like you who appreciate the Philippines and Asia. This place am in and the region as a whole fascinate me like you do. Pls. don’t hesitate to get in touch with me should you need more information on places to visit in our country. Best regards:smile:
i stumbled upon this article when i was searching for “Globo de Oro, Quiapo” i was actually searching for infos about the mosque. but alas, i was stucked in this halal-related post! haha
ma-try nga yang chicken na yan minsan. been itching to go back to binondo and quiapo one of these days!!!
salamat at mabuhay ka!!!
Hi Eric..thanks for dropping by. For the record, Quiapo and Binondo are just two of my favorite places in Manille.:smile:
Its a relief to find that Halal food is available in Manila… Please can you let me know the address of this & other restaurants in Manila that serve Halal food?
Thanks in advance.
Hello Fahim. Finding an halal restaurant in Manila should be an easy one for you. I’ve seen a lot in the Malate/Ermita tourist belt area as well as in Makati Avenue. Am sure there are a lot of other places, just ask around. You can’t find them in the commercial malls though. Good luck.
haven’t found one yet 🙁
I stumbled upon Moud’s when I was went to the Golden Mosque… Didn’t even realise tht it was the same place as you had mentioned.
Couple of months back when I read your post I couldn’t differentiate between Quiapo & Makati!
Thanks a ton for puttin up that post! There are a couple of Halal restaurants in Makati:
& I’m still explorin 🙂
Thanks for the hala foods establishments info. Great help.
Fahim Saleem says
After nearly 10 months in the Philippines I’ve found a lil Halal food paradise called Malate thanks to my friend Henry… lots of Arabian & gyros joints here.. Try the khabza & chicken at Ghazals… just down mabini street..
Fahim Saleem says
your post seems to have started a Halal revolution of sorts! LOL. Sure its helped a lot of people locate Halal restos in Manila. Anwyays… here’s a list of Halal restaurants that I have found in Manila. Hope it helps everyone out there looking for Halal food.
Giovanni S Villafuerte says
as you suggested i found myself going to Quiapo & tried Moud’s chicken. they’re really good. you can’t miss it by the number of people ordering chicken. luckily, i found some chicken available, they’re almost gone
is halal food avalable throughout manila..?really hoping somepne could advise me on how to get halal food in manila.: )
where are they located:
Hi, just trying my luck.. I’m going to visit manila next wk & will stay at Pampanga.. anyone know any halal/kosher restaurant there?
Thx in adv.
I am coming home to Pampanga next week. Ano po bang fastfood and restaurants ang nag serve nang halal food sa Pampanga. Thanks
MIGUEL P. GERMAN, JR. says
masarap yung roasted chicken nila, this is what i told Faiz Shaheen before!