Tekka Centre is a landmark in the neighbourhood, serving up large dishes of fresh food to visitors and locals only steps away from the MRT at Little India. This bright yellow and orange warehouse was renovated a couple of years ago and has quickly become a hub for those in search of decent food at honest prices. It stands out from the rest of the hawker centres in Singapore, serving predominantly Indian food, including a great number of Halal dishes.
There is no way you could miss the Tekka Centre, it is the large building on your left as you exit the MRT at Little India. Currently orange and yellow, it gets repainted every so often (previously it was a bright emerald green).
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Inside it is set up like any other hawker centre, with rows of individual stores and tables around them, so you can grab a variety of dishes to try. If you want to experience a genuine local shopping experience then head upstairs after you have eaten. The higher floors sell everything from Bollywood music to silk for saris. There is plenty of food to suit all palettes whether you hanker after rich curries or a simple dish of duck and rice. There are plenty of stalls to choose from, so follow the crowds and delicious smells.
Favourites include a spicy biyriani from Yakader nasi briyani, tender mutton with spiced rice and a portion size big enough to share. If you enjoy flatbread, check out the roti murtabak try prata saga sambal berlada – an over-sized griddled dough filled with chicken, mutton or sardines and served with a side of spicy gravy and cucumbers.
For those with a sweet tooth it is worth hunting down the much sought-after chi kak kueh, they may not be much to look at, with a sludge green covering and pale rice centre, but the filling is a paste of sugared mung beans that will leave you wanting more. There are also plenty of drinks to be had, freshly squeezed lime soda, juices made to your exact specifications or if you come later in the day you can even have a beer.
Tekka Centre may not have all the frills of some of the other hawker centres in Singapore, but it does offer a great choice, including some rather unusual dishes, and a visit here is a fantastic way to experience Little India on a plate.
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:30 - 21:00
- MRT: Little India
- Address: 665 Buffalo & Serangoon Roads, Little India, Singapore
- Tel: +65 6733 2225