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.
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.
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.