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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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  • Have been patronising Joe’s butchery for close to 10 years. Been putting up with the arrogant and rude behaviour but Never again. While Joe (Johari) is somewhat arrogant, it is his short worker who is...  more »
  • Very good short for lunch, to choose different types of Chinese cuisine or Singaporean. Excellent soups and juice very cheaply. Booths expose their classification (A or B more often) which guarantees freshness and taste. Loved it!
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  • I returned to the Tekka Centre last week for lunch. A bit of a trek from the city, but easier now with the Downtown line. The wet market area isn't really that appealing, and especially so if you're i...  more »
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  • It is a huge local market in Singapore. The local people go there for their regular household purchases. Much lower rates than anywhere else. Fresh fish, meat, vegetables, spices and everything else needed for the kitchen are available. Good local food is also available.
  • Great place to eat. Throughout my stay in Singapore I've mainly dined in Hawker Centres and this was probably one of the better ones. I'd recommend to Google before you go or just look for stalls with longest queues, those are usually the best. Prices vary, but it's as cheap as it gets in Singapore.
  • Good place for locals. Abundant Indian food stalls and an Indian restaurant. The are also some Chinese food stalks within the food court. The wet market offers a huge variety of meat, fish and poultry as well as a wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Very reasonable prices. Easy location to get to, either by bus or the mrt
  • Great Indian food with local people. A lot of different types of food ranging from rice to prata. There was also a local market which includes for example fresh fish and vegetables/fruit. Prices are relatively low for the food. Great place to visit if you are in Singapore for multiple days and trying to see as much as possible.
  • Cheap and good food on weekdays. Lots of varieties to choose from - Chinese, Indian and Thai food. On weekends most of the Chinese stalls are not open. This place can be quite crowded during lunch time. Convenient place to go to as it is located just beside Little India Mrt.
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