Kwek Kwek (Filipino Street Food)


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 servings


  • 12 quail eggs

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • ¼ cup ketchup

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 drop yellow food coloring

  • 1 drop red food coloring

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • oil for deep frying

  • ¼ cup cornstarch

  • bamboo skewer


  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
9g Fat
16g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 150
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 50mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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