Best food stalls in Tekka Centre
Little India’s popular food centre, Tekka Centre, has reopened after undergoing three months of renovation! The revamped food centre sees upgraded toilets, new tables and chairs, as well as a fresh coat of paint. From famous prawn mee to unique espresso-based kopi, here are our top 10 food places in Tekka Centre to check out when you’re in the area!
1. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
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545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is run by a finance graduate turned third-generation hawker, Li Ruifang. Her recipe for prawn noodles was passed down to her from her grandfather. Prices here go at $5 a portion, and you can zhng up your bowl with extra prawns for $2 or additional sliced pork at $1. The old-school hae mee contains an even mixture of yellow noodles and bee hoon tossed in a fiery yet flavourful sambal gravy, and topped with peeled prawns. Finally, the noodles are garnished with dried shallots and served with a bowl of soup.
Queues start from as early as 7am, so make sure you head down early!
Unit number: #01-326
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am to 1:30pm
545 Whampao Prawn Noodles is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Imaroy Thai Food
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Amidst the rows of hawker stalls in Tekka Centre lies Imaroy Thai Food. This is a great place to visit for your fill of cheap and savoury Thai cuisine. I recommend the Mango Salad ($4) to whet your appetite before digging into the following main dishes: Olive Fried Rice ($5), Seafood Fried Rice ($4.50) and Phad Thai ($4.50).
Unit number: #01-277
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Imaroy Thai Food is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Grandma Mee Siam
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What draws the crowd to Grandma Mee Siam is obvious enough. A plate of Mee Siam here sells for only $3 while their Ngoh Hiang is said to be delicious too! can pass on the mee siam if you aren’t feeling up for it, but I’d persuade you to give the ngoh hiang a try. Its meat filling is super juicy and complements the crisp, paper-thin skin really well. Make sure you visit before the lunch crowd streams in.
Unit number: #01-311
Opening hours: Wed-Sat, Mon 8am to 3pm
Tel: 9634 1228
Grandma Mee Siam is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Temasek Indian Rojak
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There’s no way I’d leave Little India without indulging in some good ol’ Indian rojak! Ask around in Tekka Centre and most would likely point you in the direction of Temasek Indian Rojak. Prices start at $1 per item, and there’s a minimum of four pieces per order. Everything is well-prepared and tasty, from the generous buffet-like spread of crispy, battered rojak ingredients to the sweet and piquant dipping sauce. They even have three different types of crunchy prawn fritters to offer!
Unit number: #01-254
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 10am to 5pm, Fri-Sun 10am to 7pm
Tel: 9335 0957
Temasek Indian Rojak is a halal-certified eatery.
5. Generation Coffee
New-age kopi stall Generation Coffee came in third in our best kopi guide for good reason. The homegrown brand is known for brewing their coffee using an espresso machine instead of the old-school kopi sock. This results in a beautiful, fragrant crema layer in each cup. Get the Kopi C Siew Dai ($1.60), a perfect mix of evaporated milk with freshly pulled espresso, or go for something fancier such as the Iced Dirty Matcha ($4): earthy matcha, espresso, and milk.
Read our Generation Coffee review!
Unit number: #01-285
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am to 10:30am, 11am to 2:45pm, Sat 7am to 10:30am, 11am to 2:45pm
Generation Coffee is not a halal-certified eatery.
6. Ar-Rahman Cafe
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Drinks stall Ar-Rahman Cafe prides itself as a “ginger tea and chendol specialist”, although it’s mostly their chendol that I can’t resist. The chendol is priced at $2, but if you’d like to spice your dessert up a notch, opt for their Durian Chendol ($2.60), or their Power Chendol ($2.60), which includes red bean and attap seeds. The stall uses gula melaka in their chendol and allows you to select your desired sugar level out of five levels.
Unit number: #01-247
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 10:30pm
Ar-Rahman Cafe is a Muslim-owned eatery.
7. Chuan’s Ladle
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New to Tekka Centre is Chuan’s Ladle, a family-run stall specialising in Ladle Cakes ($2.50), made with a treasured recipe from the 1950s. Choose from three flavours: Original, Spicy, and Coriander. These snacks are said to be similar to prawn fritters, but come with shredded turnip, tau kway, and pork instead, for a more affordable price point. Each cake is coated in batter and deep-fried to crispy perfection. You’ll also find noodles served at the stall, should you wish to fill up on more carbs.
Read our Chuan’s Ladle review!
Unit number: #01-317
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am to 2pm
Chuan’s Ladle is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Allauddin’s Briyani Pte Ltd
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Allaudin’s Briyani Pte Ltd calls themselves a briyani specialist and, true to their name, long snaking queues form outside their stall for their Mutton Briyani ($7). Without a doubt, it is the quality basmati rice flavoured with Indian herbs and spices, and crunchy cashew nuts, which make the dish so delectable. You can also choose to have your briyani with either fish or chicken. Personally, I recommend the mutton for its rich taste and chewy texture. Allauddin’s Briyani Pte Ltd has received so much recognition that it was awarded a Michelin Plate, so you definitely shouldn’t miss it!
Unit number: #01-229
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Allaudin’s Briyani is a Muslim-owned eatery.
9. Raja Bojun Sri Lankan Food
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Another highly rated stall at Tekka Centre is Raja Bojun Sri Lankan Food, which offers legit Sri Lankan dishes at value-for-money prices. Rice sets start at $6, and include toppings such as mutton, prawn, and fish. They also have classic String Hoppers ($4) and Pol Roti ($3.50) if you’re in the mood to snack. Definitely give their Sri Lankan Fried Rice ($7.50) a go too, or check out their unique Mango Curry (price TBD)!
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am to 9:30pm
Raja Bojun is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice
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You may find Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice’s signboard a little misleading, as it no longer sells goose due to restrictions by the AVA. Apparently, this has not affected business as customers love their traditional Teochew-style braised duck rice. A plate of Duck Rice for one costs $4, and you can add on sides such as duck liver, tofu and braised egg. The duck rice is also accompanied by a bowl of rich herbal soup. Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice was also mentioned in the Michelin Guide!
Check out more must-try braised duck rice around Singapore!
Unit number: #01-335
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am to 3pm
Heng Gi Goose and Duck Rice is not a halal-certified eatery.
Tekka Centre food guide
Tekka Centre is full of good eats you might not be able to taste anywhere else. Travel down to check out these 10 hawker stalls at the newly renovated food centre!