A multi-use complex comprising a hawker centre, a market and various other stalls, Tekka Centre is a down-to-earth place to experience life like the locals do. Opened in 1915, it has over 100 hawker stalls spanning across Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Malay and Thai cuisine.
Its name came from the Hokkien word “tek kah”, which means the foot of small bamboos since bamboo grew extensively near Rochor Canal where it was situated. In 2008, Tekka Centre underwent major renovation works and only reopened subsequently in 2009.
Tekka Centre is situated just a few minutes’walk from Little India MRT Station, making it a prime choice for Indian nationals who reside and work in the area. A day at Tekka Centre begins as early as 6 a.m., where stalls open for breakfast. At noon, crowds begin to gather for lunch, and it is almost impossible to find a seat during the peak periods. Some stalls close at around 3 p.m. when their food is sold out. It is a bustling place to be at and reflects the vibrancy of Singapore’s culture in the heart of Little India.
While at Tekka Centre, Indian Cuisine is a must-try. One of the most prominent types of food sold is Nasi Briyani, an Indian mixed rice dish with a side of protein. Of the numerous stalls selling that, Allaudin’s Briyani stands out as having a Michelin plate awarded to it. Cooked with a myriad of spices, it takes the dish’s flavour to another level, making one crave it repeatedly, as seen from the queues forming at the stall. Besides that, Allaudin’s Briyani also sells other Indian delicacies such as Roti Prata and Tandoori Chicken.
Other noteworthy stalls include Haji Johan Indian Muslim Food, selling Indian Rojak , a dish of fried ingredients paired with a piquant dipping sauce.
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles selling traditional prawn noodles at affordable prices as well as Imaroy Thai Food selling authentic Thai cuisine (think olive rice, mango salad and Phad Thai).
If you are looking for a drink to quench your thirst, Ar-Rahman Café sells Singaporean drinks like Cendol, sugarcane juice and coconut water.
If you are near Little India, come to Tekka Centre for an authentic culinary experience. No-frills, tasty food and big flavours, what’s not to like?