Tekka Centre is a multi-use building complex located at the junction of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road. It consists of a wet market, food centre and shops.In Hokkien, this market was known as Tek Kia Kha, meaning "foot of the small bamboos", as bamboo plants once grew on the banks of the Rochor Canal. The original market was built in 1915, and...more
Little India is the main attraction of the Serangoon area. This area stretches from the intersection between Serangoon Road and Bukit Timah Road (where the Tekka Centre is located) all the way north to the intersection between Serangoon Road and Kitchener Road (where the Mustafa shopping centre and City Square mall are located).Little India is...more
This is available at restaurants or the sweets shops at Little India. I snapped this photo of these delicous-looking Laddu at Komala Vila's Sweets Shop. Laddu is made of yellow peas and deep fried until golden brown. It's coated with sugar syrup. It's then mixed with grated nutmeg, roasted chopped cashew nuts and cardamoms and rolled into ball...more
It's fun to visit these beauty shops to take a look at people doing Henna Art and facial threading.Also known as Mehndi, henna art has been around since ancient days of India. It's a form of vegetable dye. The Indian ladies used to have henna on their hands and feets during weddings, but nowadays a lot of people, including non-Indians, wear it for...more
You must try the Indian sweets, which are very very rich in flavour and it's very sweet of course. =)Even if you do not have a sweet tooth, you should at least nibble some of it for a little taste of Indian Dessert Culture. =), most of these sweets are made of ghee, sugar or flour.My favourite is this cube form Indian sweets, that comes in pink,...more
Prawn noodles is a very famous dish in Singapore and the River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles is one of the most famous in Singapore. Their prawn noodles are simple fantastic with very good chilli sauce, fantastic prawn soup and a large variety ranging from big prawns, small prawns, pork ribs, intestines, abalone clams etc. The price per serving...more
The French Stall is a very good place to have french food in Singapore at an affordable price. This place is famous and crowded, so it is advisable to go early since there are no reservations. Besides the food, the ambience is cosy and the old problem is there is no-aircondition (though there are fans). Below are the opening hours, location and...more
The Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House is a very famous eatery in Singapore for you to try out the pork ribs soup, which is a local delicacy.Pork ribs soup (known as "Bak Kut Teh" locally) is essentially pork ribs and/or organs of the pig (e.g. liver, kidney) boiled in spicy and tasty herbal soup and served with rice and tea. This dish is very...more
Besides the Pay-As-U-Wish Annalaksmi Indian Restaurant, this is another vegetarian Indian restaurant that i frequent if i'm in Little India.It dishes out authentic South Indian food on traditional banana leaf and it can be crowded, esp during lunch time. Sometimes my friend whether if i'm an Indian in my previous life! Cos i absolutely adore Indian...more
Hi, let me warn you first...This is NOT yr typical fine dining French Restaurant setting.It's a cafe with very relaxed and casual setting, dress code is definitely casual. A lot of my friends have commented that it's very "kopitiam', (meaning Singapore version of olden coffee shops). But mind you, the food is good and prices are value for money,...more
It's still bursting with activities when you visit Little India after dinner. So hop on down at night if you want a different and of course cooler (due to the hot weather!) view of this place.
You can walk down the main road of Serangoon...watch how the neon lights illuminate Little India (more so from the glitter of the gold shops), browse through Mustafa Centre, have a cup of Teh Tarik or some Indian sweets from the confectionary as you people-watch.
If you are visiting during Deepavali, expect to elbow your way through the crowd.
One of the best way to visit the Serangoon area is to take the MRT subway trains via the North-east line (see website below). This is a direct, fast ,cheap and convenient way and the instructions are in English so no problems.If you want to visit the famous Little India area of Serangoon, alight at either the Little India station or Farrer Park...more
You can get to Serangoon road by bus, MRT, or taxi. If your hotel is near then just walk.If you take the bus, fares depend on distance travelled. You will have to pay when you get on. If you don't know the fare the driver will tell you but he doesn't give change so keep small coins in your pocket.more
You can alight at Little India Station and take exit C or E out. Once you are out of the station, there is a map around to show you the places around Little India. I will encourage you to take exit C, you will see shops when you come out of the station, walk towards yr left and round the flats. Voila, you will smell the Indian spices and flowers as...more
The City Square Mall is a huge shopping centre which is opened in September 2009. It is located along Kitchener Road off Serangoon Road, next to the Parkroyal Hotel and near to the famous Mustafa Department Store.There are many eateries and restaurants here, as well as apparel shops, Metro department store, NTUC supermarket, Best electronics store...more
Sim Lim Square is a famous shopping centre in Singapore for electronics and computer items. It is located at the junction of Jalan Besar/Bencoolen Street and Rochor Canal Road at the Serangoon area (please go to website below for more information).You will find lots of electronics and computer shops and items here, and it can get very crowded...more
Mustafa Shopping Centre is a very famous 24 hours shopping area in Little India of Singapore, where you can find almost everything ranging from department stall, supermarket, jeweleries, pharmacy, eateries, VCDs, electronics, computers, Singapore souvenirs, hotel etc etc (see website below for more information).The items in Mustafa are relatively...more
The date varies but it is sometime in October or November that the Hindu festival of Deepavali is celebrated. During this period the streets of Little India are decorated with banners and lights, oil lamps are lit in the temples and homes to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, light over dark.more
You will find food as cheap here as you will find anywhere in Singapore. It is especailly a good place to find vegetable dishes if you are a vegetarian like myself. If you eat where the locals eat be prepared to eat with your fingers of the right hand. If you use your left hand they will look at you really funny. At the more upscale restaurants...more
Ok, this seldom happens but once in a while it still does...unfortunately my friend had the bad luck of turning into a victim.
I would advise you not to wear branded shoes/sport sandals to visit Mosques or temples, as you will be required to take off your shoes as a form of respect.
My friend lost his $300 Nike shoes outside a Hindu Temple. He was very very upset, and til now it's a taboo subject to mention in front of him. Well, the temple was very kind to give him a pair of saddles.
So just be careful...If this could be so traumatising for a guy, can you imagine a lady losing her latest pink reebok shoes or Jimmy Choo's sandals? =P
Luggage and bags:
Take a day bag or backpack to carry all the things that you will want to buy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter what season you go, it will be hot on the streets of Little India. You will see people dressed all sorts of ways but most of the local women have on saris and the men short sleeved shirts and long trousers. I find that it is much better if you dress accordingly. Lightweight cotton clothing is best and some comfortable walking shoes.
The Sakya Muni Temple (Temple of a Thousand Lights) is well worth the effort to get there.It was built entirely by a Buddhist monk wno came to Singapore from Thailand . Inside the temple you will see a huge seated figure of Buddha. It is almost 50 feet high and weighs over 300 tons.more
Don't worry, it's safe! =)There are a lot HDB (Housing Board Development) Flats in this area and you should walk around and bask in the ordinariness of a typical Singaporean day.You may alight at Serangoon Station and explore around....Look at the different designs of the flats, order a Teh O (Tea) at a neighbour coffee shop..... Don't be afraid of...more
On a clear day, the following mountains and hills (see photos - not so clear due to limited zoom power of my camera) of neighbouring Johor state of Malaysia can be seen from my home at the Serangoon area of Singapore:- Gunung Pulai (Mount Pulai)- Gunung Muntahak (Mount Muntahak, where the famous Kota Tinggi Waterfalls are located)- Bukit Lunchu...more
Since June 2009, my home is an apartment in the Serangoon area. The sceneries of the surrounding areas from my home are very nice (see photos). Essentially, there are many housing areas in Serangoon e.g Little India area, Kitchener Road area, Bendemeer housing estate, Potong Pasir housing estate, Serangoon Central housing estate and Hougang housing...more