Mr Bean S'pore now halal-certified


Ashley Tan | June 10, 2022, 11:56 AM

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Update on June 14, 2:15pm: This article was updated with more information from Mr Bean.

Mr Bean is officially halal-certified as of June 9.

The company, which sells soya bean drinks and a variety of snacks like pancakes and beancurd, has not made the announcement on any of its social media pages.

However, all 64 of its outlets in Singapore can be found on the list of halal-certified eateries on the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore's (MUIS) website.

The news was also shared on The Halal Food Blog and The Halal Eater.

Do Qoo also halal-certified

In a press release shared with Mothership on June 14, Mr Bean shared that their sister brand Do Qoo has also received its halal certification.

The two brands have a total of 69 stores islandwide.

A new Do Qoo outlet will be opening at Punggol Plaza in July 2022.

Founder and CEO of Mr Bean, Loh Jwee Poh, shared that the company has received numerous queries about their meat products since expanding their menu.

As such, they "feel that it is important that assurances can be given to our Muslim customers that our products are Halal".

Discussions over halal certification in the past

There was previously a bit of a kerfuffle over whether Mr Bean was halal-certified when it unveiled a new bak kwa eggwich in 2018.

One Facebook user took a photo of the poster advertising the new eggwich and imposed the words "Not funny Mr Bean" and "No halal" over the image.

The post caused a stir among some users, who said they would no longer patronise Mr Bean.

However, others pointed out that Mr Bean did not have a halal certification at the time.

The bak kwa eggwich was also vegetarian. The post was subsequently taken down.

Before obtaining its halal certification, Mr Bean told Mothership in 2018 that they do not use pork, lard or gelatin ingredients.

Its meat ingredients (such as chicken ham) are sourced from halal-certified suppliers.

Top photo from Mr Bean Singapore / FB