How to cook kwek-kwek

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How to cook kwek-kwek
Kwek-Kwek is a traditional Filipino street food made by deep frying hard boiling quail eggs in yellow or orange coloured batter. Usually one kwek-kwek egg costs about 4 peso and served with lovely sauce.

Also you can use chicken or duck eggs, and it will called Tokneneng, but personally, I prefer to have kwek-kwek from quail eggs, because there is proper balance of egg itself and crispy batter.

You can cook kwek-kwek at home with very simple ingredients. Probably only local red colouring agent, used in Philippines can be difficult to find elsewhere, but it can be substituted by turmeric. Watch our video how to cook kwek-kwek and try it by yourself.

Deep fried food is very popular street food, because it is very easy to keep high health and safety standard in hot environment, by quick reheating of this food in oil immediately before serving.

step-by-step instructions

  1. Ingredients for kwek-kwek:

    • kwek-kwek: Quail eggs and oil for deep frying. Of course, you can do this with any kind of eggs, but think what you like more – egg itself or crispy batter around it. Also kwek-kwek from quail eggs is perfect for as one bite portions, rather that duck eggs will be more difficult to eat on the street.
    • batter:
      • Flour, baking powder, vinegar, but you can use self rising flour without baking powder and vinegar – it will be easier

        It is very difficult to tell exact amount of all ingredients, because it is so related with the quality and type of them. Only I can tell – keep about 1% of salt to the weight of water+flour. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp per half litre of water and about 1 tsp of 4% vinegar.
      • Cold water
      • Salt
      • Turmeric, about 1tbsp per half litre of water.
    • sauce:

      This is an idea of one of the traditional sauces, but you can make any of your choice.
      • Sugar – ½ cup
      • Ketchup – ½ cup
      • Vinegar – ½ cup
      • Soy sauce – ¼ cup
      • Black pepper – ½ tsp
      • Green onion – 2 stems
      • Garlic – 2-3 cloves
      • Chilli – to taste – really very difficult to advise how much fresh chilli you want to cop into the sauce to have perfect taste. But originally, this sauce should be medium spicy, not very hot.

  2. In advance make hard boiled quail eggs. It is necessary to boil them 2-3 min and then chill down in cold running water. It is not very dangerous if you overcook them. When they are chilled, you can peel quail eggs and set aside.

  3. Make sauce. It is better to make it in advance as well. In a small saucepan mix sugar, ketchup, vinegar and soy sauce. Gently bring to boil and add finely chopped chilli. Cook for 5-10 min and then chill down. Add chopped garlic milled black pepper and chopped green onion. Mix everything and set aside.

  4. Prepare batter for deep frying. Into a cold water add flour, gently mixing with whisk. Add baking soda and salt. Batter mix should be salty on taste. Add turmeric and vinegar constantly whisking. At the end you should have pretty thick batter, something like double cream or even thicker. It should cover and stick well to anything.

  5. Preheat oil for deep frying to 180° C (356° F)

  6. Dig eggs into batter. Then catch batter covered eggs with spoon and gently through to the hot oil. More batter will go with egg – it is better.

  7. Cook eggs about 3 min, until batter start to be crispy. Just before serving, you can reheat them for few second in the oil again – this is very important to do on the street to make this food more hygienic.

  8. Catch every egg with bamboo stick, digg into the sauce and enjoy. And don’t forget to pay 4php for every egg :)

    Description is very interesting, but for better understanding, watch our video, how to cook kwek-kwek below:

    And try to do it at home!

tips and tricks

  • It is very easy to substitute flour, baking soda and vinegar to self rising flour – really much easier!!!
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