Kwek Kwek Recipe

Kwek Kwek Recipe

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Kwek kwek is traditionally made with quail eggs while Tokneneng is made with chicken eggs. It is served with vinegar or sweet chili sauce as dipping.


  • 6 pieces chicken eggs if cooking tokneneng or 1820 pieces of quail eggs if cooking kwek kwek , hard boiled
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon annatto powder (atsuete)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable oil or any cooking oil

For dip (whichever you prefer)

For vinegar dip:

  • 1 cup vinegar (you can use apple cider)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or more
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup pipino (cucumber), diced

For sweet chili sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon cornstach
  • 1/2 cup of atsuete (annatto)
  • 1/2 cup minced chili
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a pot with water, bring the eggs to boil until it is well cooked.
  2. Remove the shells. Put cornstarch in a container and then dredged the boiled eggs.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (flour, salt, and pepper). Set aside.
  4. Dilute the annatto powder in a cup of warm water, mix it well.
  5. Pour the water with diluted annatto powder in the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix it well to create an orange batter.
  6. Place all the quail eggs in the mixing bowl and coat it with batter.
  7. Heat a pan and pour it with vegetable oil.
  8. When the oil is hot enough, scoop the eggs from the mixing bowl using a spoon and deep – fry it. Make sure that each is coated with batter.
  9. Remove the eggs from the pan in under a minute. Let it sit on a strainer to drain excess oil.
  10. Serve with vinegar or sweet chili while still crispy.

For vinegar dip:

  1. In a bowl, put all the ingredients one by one. Mix it well

For sweet chili sauce:

  1. In a pan, mix all the ingredients.
  2. Put it in medium heat while stirring continually until it turns reddish and thickens.
  3. Put in a bowl and serve.


You can watch this video to see how to make kwek kwek using quail eggs.