Four halal restaurants in Singapore - Alaturka, Bismillah BiryaniHjh Maimunah and Wedang - have been named in Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. 

While not entirely comprehensive, the debut list has managed to name halal restaurants serving different types of cuisine - Turkish, Indian, Malay and Indonesian respectively.

The establishments don't possess the halal certification from the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), but are owned by Muslims. 

Alaturka
PHOTO: ALATURKA'S FACEBOOK PAGE

Alaturka is located a stone's throw away from the iconic Sultan Mosque, along Bussorah Street. A short walk away is the flagship Hjh Maimunah restaurant at Jalan Pisang. The household name for nasi padang also has an outlet in Joo Chiat. 

"We are very happy and humbled by the recognition," general manager Mastura Didih told Halal in the City, citing customers' ability to eat traditional Malay food such as nasi padang in the comfort of their premises as a a possible winning factor.

Mastura Didih Hjh Maimunah
MS MASTURA DIDIH (LEFT), ALSO THE THIRD-GENERATION OWNER OF HJH MAIMUNAH. (PHOTO: HJH MAIMUNAH'S WEBSITE)

"But quality also means fresh, good ingredients prepared hygienically," she added.

The other restaurants included in the list of 34 eateries in total, are Bismillah Biryani along Dunlop Street and Wedang, a hawker stall in Aljunied known for its gado-gado and tahu goreng.

The Bib Gourmand - an award given to high quality restaurants that are also affordable - is typically given ahead of the release of the year's Michelin Guide.

The Singapore edition of the French gastronomic guide will be Southeast Asia's first and is slated to go on sale on Jul 21.