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Tekka Centre, Singapore

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Tekka Centre is a multi-use building complex comprising a wet market, food centre and shops, located in the northern corner of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road, in Little India, Singapore.Etymology and historyThe case of Tekka Centre is often used to illustrate the complexities of Chinese language romanisation in Singapore. The market was originally known as "Kandang Kerbau" (or just "K. K."), Malay for "buffalo pens", referring to the slaughterhouses operating in the area until the 1920s, and the name still lives on in the nearby Kandang Kerbau Women's and Children's Hospital, Kandang Kerbau Police Station and the Kandang Kerbau Post Office. In Hokkien, the market was known as Tek Kia Kha, literally meaning "foot of the small bamboos", as bamboo plants once grew on the banks of the Rochor Canal. This was adapted into the popular name Tekka Pasar (笛卡巴刹), where pasar is Malay for "market".The original market was built in 1915, and was located across the street between Hastings Road and Sungei Road. When it was torn down in 1982 and relocated at its present site, the new multi-use complex was named Zhujiao Centre (竹脚中心), the pinyin version of Tek Kia. However, to locals, especially non-Chinese, the new word Zhujiao was both hard to read and pronounce and bore no resemblance to Tekka. Eventually, the complex was officially renamed Tekka Centre in 2000 as it better reflected the history of the place. The market was closed for a significant renovation in 2008, reopening in 2009.
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  • We were really looking forward to trying the Indian food here because we had heard a lot of great things about the place but unfortunately the experience was underwhelming to say the least. The Tekka ...  more »
  • Located underground in the center of this deli market, a large part of the restaurant is Indian. You can tell that these Indians are eating with their hands. And here in general, before eating to assess whether they can afford.
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  • It is a market that represents little India. In the kitchen of the India system, you can know the daily life of the people of the India system. This Tekka Center is also known as the Tekka market and KK market. It is wrapped in the fragrance peculiar to the market.
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  • It is always good experience taking food in Tekka food stall hawker center whereby you can have a choice for variety of food. However I think the building Drainage system need to be improved because rain waters are coming in whereby people are taking food. Secondly hygiene need to be improved in handling food and also pigeon flying around the food stall need to be prevented.
  • Tekka Market is a place to be if you want to know more about Singaporeans and our way of living. Step into this most vibrant and colorful wet market, you will hear a hum of voices in various languages, from English to Hokkien, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. Each of the ethnic communities still maintains their unique way of life with their culinary cultures, so this market is a place to observe and learn more about life in Singapore.
  • Good place for fresh produce in the market and tasty food at the hawker centre. Best to go early as a lot of produce stalls close around lunchtime but generally a few are open throughout the day so you can usually find what you need but less choice.
  • Fantastic example of the cultural diversity in Singapore. Brilliant food court in Little India where I bought some beautiful curry puffs with tuna and potato. Also picked up some ready mixed spices for my my home cooking. What's not to love? Apart from the energy sapping heat, I mean!
  • Tekka Centre is located in Little India and famous within Indian community. This market have food court, wet market, restaurant, gold smith shop and Indian Clothes Shop along with residential apartments. This place is dirty and smelly. In this market you can find good meat and fish. If desire to get some Indian dresses 👗 Tekka will be right choice to get varieties.
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