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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 KK), 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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  • Great place for Indian hawker food in Singapore, easily accesible, nice to know about the local indian cusine. But cleanliness needs improvement 
  • There are large varities of fresh fish, chicken, mutton, vegs, indian cooked food stalls & chinese cooked food stalls. I know there are few famous bryani stalls here but I have never tasted them as I ...  more »
  • 2 minutes walk from the MRT are some of the best biryanis you can find in the whole of Singapore, amongst other dishes like Peanut cake and duck rice. You should eat here. 
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  • Famous Indian Hawker Though not constrained to only Indian food, this is one of the famous hawkers to get authentic cheap Indian food. The Damage (no drinks): S$10-20 for two ~~TRY😍: // Chicken Briyani @ Hanifa's #01-256 // Chicken Murtabak @ Ah Rahman #01-248 // Mutton Murtabak @ Ah Rahman #01-248 ~~OKAY🙂: // Chicken Briyani @ Allauddins #01-232 Follow us at IG📷: eatsmorefun
  • Food centre on the first level, market on the second level. On the first level, you'll find a good variety of hawker priced food. Try the Cendol. Not all shops are the same. And some are actually quite awful. Dum Briyani also available. It is quite stuffy here and you will leave smelling of the place. Before you enter the building, the smells from the market above will waft down and fill your nostrils. On the second level, where the fresh market is, you can get fruit and veg and meats. The HDB estate where I live has few options for beef. So I come here to get my supply. It's a market and you have to be prepared for the smells that come with it.
  • Here to accompany friend to buy some enthic clothing for his company event. Loads of choices but the market has pungent rae food smell. Cannot be helpd though.
  • Famous for the indian cuisines available in the market. one of it is the dum briyani(many types of meat available, like chicken, mutton , from the many stalls available there. It is supposedly different from the usual briyani. And of course, teh halia (ginger milk tea) to go along, if you are feeling adventurous.
  • Love it!! Wet market+Dry Market+ Food court+everything!! Very famous and a Must Visit if you are in Little India. My first visit. Can't wait to be back. Will add more to my reviews later. Stay tuned! Get your banana leaves, fresh fish and groceries here. Please take note that the wet market shops will start close about afternoon. Like all wet markets. Nearest MRT: Little India (obviously)