Tekka Center in Singapore

Little India’s Colorful Hawker Market

    Tekka Center is a dining landmark in the Little India neighborhood, serving up large dishes of fresh food to visitors and locals just steps away from the Little India MRT station. Housed in a colorful warehouse, it has quickly become a hub for those in search of decent food at honest prices.

    The hawker center stands out from the rest of the others spread throughout Singapore, serving predominantly Indian food as well as a great number of halal dishes. You’ll hardly miss the Tekka Center – it’s the large building outside the MRT at Little India, which gets repainted every so often (once bright emerald green, then orange and yellow).

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    Inside, Tekka Center is set up like any other hawker center, with rows of individual stores and tables around them, so you can grab a variety of dishes to try. If you want to experience a genuine local shopping experience, head upstairs after you’ve eaten.

    The higher floors sell everything from Bollywood music to silk for saris. There is plenty of food to suit all palates, whether you hanker after rich curries or a simple dish of duck and rice. There are plenty of stalls to choose from, so follow the crowds and delicious smells.

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    For those with a sweet tooth it is worth hunting down the much sought-after chi kak kueh, they may not be much to look at, with a sludge green covering and pale rice center, but the filling is a paste of sugared mung beans that will leave you wanting more.

    There are also plenty of drinks to be had, freshly squeezed lime soda, juices made to your exact specifications, or if you come later in the day you can even have a beer.

    Tekka Center may not have all the frills of some of the other hawker centres in Singapore, but it does offer a great choice, including some rather unusual dishes, and a visit here is a fantastic way to experience Little India on a plate.

    Tekka Center in Singapore

    Location: 665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads, Little India, Singapore

    Open: Daily from 6.30am to 9pm

    Phone: +65 6733 2225

    Penny Wong | Compulsive Traveler

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