Kwek Kwek

One of the most popular street foods in the Philippines, Kwek kwek (also called tokneneng) is a staple item in those ubiquitous pushcarts roaming the streets of Manila. Made of quail eggs deep-fried in flour, Kwek kwek is a cheap and filling snack especially for those in a hurry. However, quail eggs are said to contain lots of cholesterol, so be careful when snacking on kwek kwek. Eat in moderation especially if you already have a cholesterol problem.


  • 1 dozen quail eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Few drops of orange food coloring
  • Salt and pepper

How to Cook:

  1. Coat the eggs with ¼ cup of flour by placing them in a sealed plastic bag. Shake the bag until the eggs are evenly coated.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients, except for the cooking oil. Stir the mixture using a fork until the batter is smooth.
  3. Put the coated eggs in the batter. Heat cooking oil in a deep pan. Spoon out the quail eggs from the batter and fry them in oil. Wait until the orange coating turns crispy. This will take around a minute or so.
  4. Serve hot with vinegar with siling labuyo.

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