Singapore’s Little India

Two months between posts, eh? Oops!

Now, where was I? That’s right, day two of my Singapore trip. After a breakfast Ban Mian at the foodclique, we began our walk towards Little India. Beginning at the start of Serangoon Rd, our first stop was the very lively Tekka Centre, housing a large fresh food and clothing market.

Tekka Centre

We even encountered a fresh produce shop blasting a salsa, something I never imagined we’d hear during our visit to Singapore’s Little India. I’m reminiscing, listening to Bandolera right now, as I type these words. #takemeback

We’d researched a couple of temples and mosques to visit and the first we saw on our walk was the impressive Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Kali. I must admit, it was a bit difficult to appreciate the temple, as the closer we got, the less we could see of the temple itself. Situated on a busy road, your best bet would be to admire it from afar (with a good zoom lens).

There were so many stores in Little India, that it would be incredibly easy to spend a whole day there. We particularly enjoyed the many flower garland stores.

My gastronomic research the previous night led us down a side street, to a small eatery called Azmi. Azmi is situated next door to Abdul Gafoor Mosque, a 110 year old mosque which was declared a national monument of Singapore in 1979. I’ll leave the architectural descriptions to the professionals, but what an amazing looking building!

Abdul Gafoor Mosque

We each ordered a teh tarik and enjoyed the show as the shop owner prepared our very delicious (and very sweet snack), which we paired with some tasty fritters that were on display.

After returning to Serangoon Road, we took another detour, this time through the Little India Arts Belt, which housed some very colourful shopfronts and many a wall filled with street art. There I watched pigeons battle it out to see who could stand atop a giant bird fountain.

Continuing our walk down Serangoon Road, we next visited the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, whose depictions of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu are a more recent addition to one of the older temples in Singapore. This temple was slightly easier to admire, with less obstructions in front of it.

It was crazy hot and humid, and despite constantly drinking from our water bottles, we thought it a good idea to find some hydrating salts. We entered the nearby Mustafa Centre, a 24-hr shopping centre just off the main street, and after spending a few minutes going through the DVDs, we searched for the medicinal section. The attendant told us the flavoured Hydralites we had chosen were intended for children, but we did not care.

Stopping at a few more temples further north, we realised we were exhausted, and all templed out. We sought the nearest mall, and used the complimentary WiFi to organise the remainder of our day.

I loved my Little India adventure, and my only regret is not researching where to find a good prata beforehand. I did find an article afterwards, where the author ate 72 pratas and ranked what they considered to be the best. I marked a few on my map, hoping to try at least one during my stay, but unfortunately I ran out of time.

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