Tekka Centre: Epicentre of Little India

Tekka Centre: Epicentre of Little India

In seismic terminology, an epicenter is the point of focus on Earth’s surface directly above the point where the earthquake originates. Tekka Centre is situated atop the underground Little India MRT Station. It is an epicenter of Little India because it guarantees a multi-sensory explosion with the variety of goods and fresh foods available.

An aerial view of the main entrance to Tekka Centre from Bukit Timah Road.

An aerial view of the main entrance to Tekka Centre from the side of Bukit Timah Road.

The wet market is where the varieties in the finest and freshest ingredients can be found.

The wet market is where varieties in the finest and freshest ingredients can be found.

Tekka Centre has an amazing hawker food section not limited to Indian stalls.

Tekka Centre has an extensive hawker food section not limited to Indian food stalls.

After several namesakes and multiple variations which include the likes of Kandang Kerbau, Zhujiao Centre, Tek Kia Kha, and Tekka Pasar, the complex was officially renamed Tekka Centre in 2010. Save for vehicle parking, Tekka Centre is a two-storey building that comprises of a food centre, wet market and retail shops.

The retail section occupies the upper floor in Tekka Centre. These are shops dealing in the sale of traditional wear like the Indian Sari, antiquities and collectibles, and many tailor shops. Some tailor shops specialise in clothing alteration while others promise customers a custom-fit blouse in less than two hours.

Tekka Centre is a popular shopping area for traditional ethnic costumes and Indian sarees.

Tekka Centre is a popular shopping area for traditional ethnic costumes and Indian sarees.

Almost half of the retail section at Tekka Centre consist of tailors who are able to do clothing alterations on the spot or after your grocery shopping or tea break downstairs.

Almost half of the retail section at Tekka Centre consists of tailors who are able to do clothing alterations on the spot or during your grocery shopping or tea break downstairs.

A large space in Tekka Centre is dedicated to the wet market section, said to be Singapore's largest indoor wet market.

A large space in Tekka Centre is dedicated to the wet market area, said to be Singapore’s largest indoor wet market.

Wet markets, unlike modern supermarkets, are much more characteristic. One generally smells a fresh market first. Tekka Centre is a housewife’s paradise and similar to other markets, it is a lively scene of price haggling, friendly bantering, fish scaling, and meat chopping.

Tekka Centre is good to visit all day, although it is best to visit in the morning simply by virtue that the food centre is breakfast haven. Despite its location in the Indian ethnic quarter of Singapore, it is a common sight to see people of all ethnicities enjoying a good old Indian breakfast. Most importantly, curry is also at its freshest in the early morning.

Roti Prata: the Indian equivalent of a flour-based pancake best eaten with piping hot curry.

Roti Prata: the Indian equivalent of a flour-based pancake best eaten with piping hot curry.

Teh Tarik: hot milk tea pulled to a thick frothy top.

Teh Tarik: hot milk tea pulled to a thick frothy top.

Maya Mohan's Teh Tarik: 1 of 12 specialty hawkers honoured during the President's Award for the Environment 2009 Ceremony.

Maya Mohan’s Teh Tarik with Former President of Singapore S. R. Nathan. They are one of 12 specialty hawkers honoured during the President’s Award for the Environment 2009 Ceremony.

While most wet markets in Singapore close by noon, the one at Tekka Centre opens till late afternoon.

While most wet markets in Singapore close by noon, the one at Tekka Centre opens till late afternoon.

Located at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road, Tekka Centre is conveniently accessed from Exit C or E of Little India MRT Station.

Located at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road, Tekka Centre is conveniently accessed from Exit C or E of Little India MRT Station.

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