Kwek Kwek and Tokneneng Recipe will help satisfy your street food cravings. It is something that will always be present in every street vendors’ cart no matter what happens.
The recipe involves a simple and easy to follow procedure. Sometimes, the method of preparing this food becomes mistaken as a recipe designed for home cooking. Which is a little true at times because of its convenience. The simple procedure is also helpful for street vendors. It helps them make a delectable and unique street food that can be done in an instant.
Try going out the streets in the afternoon and you'll several carts and stalls of vendors lined up all around. You will most probably notice an orange-colored food they are selling. Which size varies from small to large plus it has an irregular but round shape. That is what Filipinos call kwek kwek (the smaller one) and tokneneng (the larger one). And they Pinoys favor them since they are already like a complete meal; as it makes them full the moment they eat them. Why is that? Because they are made from eggs! Either quail eggs or duck eggs rolled in an orange-colored batter to appear like tempura.
The Pinoy street food tokneneng was actually based on a comic book. In there, the character uses the word to pertain to an “egg”. They thought it would sound fun to name the snack after it. Amazingly, the name was able to fit the food's uniqueness.
How to Make Kwek Kwek and Tokneneng
- To make the batter, mix the flour, baking powder, annatto powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and water. The consistency should not be too thin or too thick.
- Dip each boiled egg into the batter and deep-fry in a pan over medium heat.
- To serve, put 3-4 pieces of egg into a skewer.
- It is best to serve with soy-vinegar with chopped onion.
They are also somehow healthy as they are fun. Eggs are a great source of protein and many nutrients. The only downside is that when they are eaten too much, the body can accumulate amounts of cholesterol. So no matter how delicious they are it is important to have discipline when consuming them.
The Kwek Kwek and Tokneneng Recipe include the sauce of the snacks which can either be vinegar-based or sweet. That sauce will make them more enjoyable because they only have a plain egg and flour flavor when eaten by themselves. The crispy batter and the soft-boiled egg are like a match made in heaven.
Kwek Kwek and Tokneneng Recipe
- 12 pcs quails egg boiled and unshelled
- 5 pcs duck egg boiled and unshelled
- 1 tsp annatto powder
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ cup plain flour
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ¾ cup water
- 1 cup vinegar
- 6 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 medium onion chopped
- In a large bowl, prepare the batter by combining the flour, baking powder, annatto powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and water. Mix until well combined and set aside.
- Dip each egg into the batter and deep-fry in a pan with cooking oil over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain excess oil.
- To make the dipping sauce, combine the vinegar, soy sauce and chopped onion. Serve and enjoy!