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Which One is Permissible?

Looking for a permissible products in Japanese stores and supermarket may be a challenge, as we need to read carefully the ingredients of each item.

After a lot of questions and inquiries asking for the halalness of products, we summarize haram and grey zone (still in controversy) ingredients we often find in a product.


Please note that ingredients listed below are for reference. We do and strongly recommend to do purchase/consume with your own discretion.

Considered Haram Ingredients

No. Japanese Alphabet Meaning
1 豚 or 豚肉 buta / ton / butaniku pork
2 ポーク pooku pork
3 豚脂 buta abura pork fat
4 豚エキス or


buta ekisu / pork ekisu pork extract
5 鶏 or 鶏肉 tori / toriniku chicken meat (except if there is halal logo pasted on the packages)
6 鶏エキス or チキンエキス tori ekisu /chikin ekisu chicken extract
7 鶏ガラ tori gara chicken carcass
8 牛 or 牛肉 gyuu / gyuuniku beef (except if any halal logo pasted on the packages)
9 牛エキス or ビーフエキス gyuu ekisu / beef ekisu beef extract
10 niku  meat (except if any halal logo pasted on the packages)
11 ベーコン beekon bacon
12 ハム hamu ham
13 ラード raado lard
14 ゼラチン zerachin gelatin (usually made of lard)
15 sake Japanese traditional liquor (refer to “alcohol beverage”)
16 料理酒 ryourizake cooking liquor
17 みりん mirin sweet cooking rice wine
18 リカー rikaa liquor
19 アルコール alkooru alcohol
20 ワイン wain wine (liquor)
21 ビール biiru beer
22 酒精 shusei alcohol
23 洋酒 youshu western liquor
24 リキュール rikyuuru liqueur


Considered Grey Ingredients (Still in Controversy)

No. Japanese Alphabet Meaning
1 乳化剤 nyuukazai emulsifier.

For emulsifier with explanation 大豆由来 daizu yurai (soybean-derived) or 植物由来 (plant-derived) may be permissible.

2 ショートニング shootoningu shortening (derived from both animal and plant)
3 マーガリン maagarin margarine  (derived from both animal and plant)
4 醤油 shooyu soy sauce
5 味噌 miso miso (Japanese fermented soy bean paste)
6 醸造酢 jouzouzu brewed vinegar
7 su vinegar
8 チーズ chiizu cheese
9 発酵調味料 hakkou choumiryou fermented seasoning
10 アミノ酸 amino san amino acid
11 生クリーム nama kuriimu fresh cream
12 ブイヨン buiyon bouillon


Guidance Sheet

If you happen to have a meal at a restaurant but you want to confirm the halalness of menu/dish there, you can use this guidance sheet (free download) on link below to communicate with the restaurant staff. This sheet also can be used by restaurant to confirm customers’ food restriction.
The sheet is available in for Halal, Vegetarian, and Allergies, both in English and Japanese.

Guidance Sheet Download  (Halal, Vegetarian, Allergies)

Mobile App to Detect Muslim Friendly Product by Using Phone’s Camera!

If you are happen to be in Japan, you can use Halal Gourmet Japan app! Take a picture of products and find out which one is muslim friendly product at supermarket or convenience store. Find how to use below.

Take a Picture and Find Muslim Friendly Product with Halal Gourmet Japan App!

Halal Gourmet Japan App download

App Store (iOS)

Google Play (Android)