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Kwek Kwek (Filipino Street Food)

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"A popular street food in the Philippines, kwek kwek are hard-boiled quail eggs in orange batter that are deep fried and served with a sweet and sour sauce."
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1 h servings 150
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 2 minutes. Rinse eggs in cold water and cool to room temperature; peel.
  2. Combine rice vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Prepare batter by adding red and yellow food coloring to the water to get a deep orange color. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl; pour in orange water and stir until there are no lumps.
  4. Heat oil in a wok to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Gently roll eggs in cornstarch to coat and shake off excess cornstarch. Dip into orange batter so they are fully covered. Poke eggs with the bamboo skewer and drop gently into the hot oil. Deep fry until the batter is crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.


  • Cook's Note:
  • One can also use hard-boiled chicken eggs for this dish, in which case it is referred to as tokneneng.
  • Editor's Note:
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 150 calories; 8.5 16.2 2.4 76 133 Full nutrition

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This was fun! I do think the batter could have used more seasoning but that is an easy fix. I used some regular hard boiled quail eggs and some pickled hard boiled quail eggs and even though the...