Time Required : 2-3 hours
Timings : Wet Market (1st floor): Stalls open from about 6:30 AM onwards.
Food Centre (1st floor): Stalls open from morning to evening, however, each stall has different opening hours.
Shopping Centre (2nd floor): Shops open around 10:30 AM and shut early evening.
The belly of the city's Little India, Tekka Centre is a colourful hawker market located in the Little India neighbourhood, right outside the MRT. Housing the biggest 'wet' market of Singapore, this brightly painted building also stores a wide array of products from vibrant Indian clothing to biryani! People of several ethnic backgrounds visit and run this place - from the locals to Indians to the Malays - making Tekka centre is a learning ground for the culture of Singapore.
Built in 1982, the Tekka Centre closed down for a significant renovation project in 2008. Once it reopened in 2009, the new revamped Tekka Centre became a cleaner and more organised place to shop in. With over 284 stalls in its wet market, the range of items available at Tekka Centre is excellent, and ingredients which are rarely found elsewhere, are found here in abundance. The bustling hawker centre also home to a dry-market, a food court and a shopping area.
Must eat: Garlic Naan, Chicken tikkaAllauddin's Briyani Pvt Ltd: There are only a few places in Singapore that can satisfy the cravings of Biryani and Tekka Centre tops the list. Of the various biryani stalls, Allauddin's plate of mutton or chicken biryani is our top recommendation. Biryani lovers must surely visit the stall and enjoy the tempting flavours of the various biryanis accompanied by dalcha and cucumber achar.
Must eat: Mutton Biryani, Chicken BiryaniAnna Dosai Stall: One can get lost exploring the stalls of Tekka Centre, so those visiting it for the first time or with the intention to try out the unique flavours, must try out Anna Dosai Stall. It would be an understatement that they serve the best rava thosai in town, and that too at a nominal price of SGD 4. South-Indian foodies must visit the Anna Dosai Stall to enjoy the blend of rice and semolina flours, griddle fried to a crisp and lacy texture that is sure to take them back to the streets of India. One of their bestsellers is onion Rava, which comes with a caramelised flavour, with some whole black pepper cons thrown on it.
Must eat: Rava Dosa545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles: Run by a finance graduate turned third-generation hawker, Li Ruifang, 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is known for their delicious prawn noodles. The recipe for this dish was passed down to Li Ruifang from her grandfather. The bestsellers include a bowl of old school hae mee, containing an even mixture of yellow noodles and bee hoon tossed in a fiery yet flavourful sambal gravy, topped with peeled prawns, garnished with dried shallots and served with a bowl of soup.
Must eat: Prawn noodlesImaroy Thai Food: One cannot imagine leaving the Tekka Centre without hogging on some Thai food. Lying amidst the many rows of hawker stalls is the Imaroy Thai food, known for its cheap and savoury Thai cuisine.
Must eat: Mango salad, Olive fried rice, Seafood fried rice and Phad ThaiDeen Food Stall Appam Specialist: The stall is known as the Appam specialist for a reason. It is well known for its Appam, an Indian-Muslim delicacy similar to a pancake. One can enjoy appams with a combination of freshly grated coconut and orange-hued coconut sugar at Deen Food Stall. Those looking for a savoury meal can order the Appam, skip the sugar and enjoy it with sambar.
Must eat: AppamsPak Kashmiri Delights: One can conclude about the popularity of this stall by looking at the crowd itself. They serve usual North Indian and Pakistani food. The popularly ordered items include Tandoor items, spice-laden curries and tandoori bread. The most popular dish and what can also be considered the bestseller of Pak Kashmiri delights is keema and chapati.
Must eat: Keema and ChapatiShan-e-Punjab: This stall is run by a husband-wife duo hailing from Punjab. Living up to its name (pride of Punjab), the stall serves an array of delicious and drool-worthy North Indian curries, dals, vegetables and chicken dishes. One must not miss trying the cooked 'a la minute' naans and flatbreads here. The cheese naans and tandoori rotis are cooked in their tandoor oven to perfection and served with gravy, sliced onions and minced chutneys.
Must eat: Cheese Naan, Tandoori rotis, Tandoori chickenAr-Rahman Cafe: What is the best drink to pair with your meal? The answer can be searched at Ar-Rahman Cafe. This stall at Tekka Centre is dedicated to drinks, the most popular ones being ginger tea and chendol. One of the best things about the stall is that they use Gula melaka in their chendol and allow one to select their desired sugar level out of five levels.
Must eat: Chendol. To spice up your dessert game, one can try the Durian Chendol or Power Chendol which includes red bean and attap seeds.Sri Tiffin Stall: Those craving cheap, value for money Indian food can make a stop at Sri Tiffin Stall and munch on their Masala Dosas. It is a real challenge finding another stall at Tekka Centre with a thosai cheaper than Sri Tiffin's. The Dosa comes with fiery tomato chutney, the taste of which would not leave your tongue even after you have left Tekka Centre.
Must eat: Masala Dosa, Vadai
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