Maybe not many people know that all Muslims around the world just finished celebrating the Eid Al-Fitr Muslim Holiday last month. Eid marks the end of the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. On Eid, everybody, from children to adults, happily celebrate this day by visiting relatives and friends and there is a lot of eating. Even so, Muslims cannot eat any food or drink like most of other people.
All the Muslims have to follow Islamic Dietary Law. The food that is suitable for Muslims is known as "halal". The food that forbidden in Islam are pork, carnivorous mammals, animals not slaughtered properly, blood, carcass and alcohol. Therefore, I need to aware of what I am eating.
When I came here for first time, it seemed hard to find halal food in Sydney, but my cousin took me to Lakemba and I was really happy to see most of the restaurants there are halal and have delicious menus. From dozens of restaurants that line in Lakemba, there are three restaurants that become my favourites.
Haldon St, Lakemba. Source: en.wikipedia.org
The first one is Pizzaland. Located on 60 Haldon Street Lakemba, this Mediterranean restaurant offers many choices of pizzas, pastas and steaks. My favourite is chicken trio-hot pizza.
The taste is somewhat Indian - it contains tandoori, tikka and roasted breast chicken with tandoori sauce. The good thing about this restaurant is if you come during lunch, from 12 to 3 pm, they have delicious lunch menu which consists of dished priced less than 10 dollars.
Still in the neighbourhood, there is Thai Hutt restaurant. As the name suggests, this restaurant offering many delicious halal Thai dishes. This place also has friendly atmosphere with friendly waitstaff who will be happy to explain the menu.
My favourite is the Tom Yum, one of the most popular Thai soups with thai spices, seasoning, lemongrass, lime juice, chilli jam, fresh chilli, mushroom and coriander. If you are not the big fan of spicy food, you can request the soup to be cooked without spice.
I also love the sticky rice ice cream for dessert, it is a pretty unique dish which is rarely found in other places. If you come in a group of 4 or 5, you may want to try the lunch or dinner banquets, so you can have many options at a cheaper price.
Last but not least is Island Dreams cafe. Located in 47 Haldon Street Lakemba, this café serves Christmas Island and Cocos Islands cuisine. When you walk in the cafe, you will find a cosy, relaxing island environment with many paintings, aquamarine walls and seashells tables.
The food in this restaurant is heavily influenced by Malaysian cuisine (with a dash of Chinese and Indonesian). My favourites are Nasi Lemak and Beef Fried Rice and Somalian tea. The taste is really authentic and the price is so affordable. I always want to come back here every time I visit Lakemba.