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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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  • On the first floor we went to outdoor hawker. Nan 2 in ate mutton S$4.5, S$3.5 delicious! Mango juice of Orange liquid was very good! Powder large serving of Nestle Milo in Milo's sounding like and biryani were selling. Local customers are more crowded. Tourists mostly, Maxwell Food Centre many times local color is strong. Become your favorite place in the Singapore trip for me, said my first friend is a little scared. Staff friendly, looking for a seat, walk around the money Uncle "here becomes empty-" and told me. Table is cleaned, trash was because both boxes and big hand washing hygiene.
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  • Don't go to the Tekke Centre if you are looking for fine dining as you won't find it there. If you don't mind a place that is a little dingy but has fantastic food at amazing prices, then go. The cent...  read more »
  • I agree: the Tokyo fish market (Tsukji) is incomparably greater, without equal in the world. But it's primarily a wholesale market, at the service of the wider metropolitan area in the world (nearly 3...  read more »
  • 1. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles: SHIOK!!! MUST EAT! Flavourful soup, spicy noodles, fresh prawns, crispy 猪油渣. Overall, AWESOME!! 5stars!! 2. Heng Gi Goose and Duck rice: Herbal soup is nice! Meat is flavourful but too hard to chew on. Chilli not to my taste. Tad too sour. 3.5 stars 3. Allauddin's Briyani Pte Ltd: Huge servings. Curry, so-so. Mutton tender. Rice so-so. No koropok. :( 3stars
  • Old Singapore. Famous for fresh fishes which is generally a rarity for other places. Lots of temples here for taking a good selfie with. Little bit dirty compare to other parts of Singapore.
  • Most of the time when I come aroubd Little India Kamala restaurant is place i go morning or evening worth trying onces if you love or wanna try indian food or spicy food
  • Food stalls - wide range of (mostly south) Indian & Malay food - prata (canai), thosai (dosa), appam, biryani, etc. Place is not too clean though, and widespread use of disposables harms the environment as well as the enjoyment. Chinese stalls on another side. The market has fruit, veg stalls, butchers.
  • Heaps of selection and good prices. Bit dirty though, however have to expect that at a wet market. Food was nice.
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