Kwek kwek, a popular variant of tokneneng made with quail eggs
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsHard-boiled quail egg, batter
VariationsKwek kwek

Tokneneng (or tukneneng) is a tempura-like Filipino street food made by deep-frying orange batter covered hard-boiled chicken or duck eggs.[1]

A popular variation of tokneneng is kwek kwek. Kwek kwek is traditionally made with quail eggs,[1] which are smaller, with batter made by mixing annatto powder or annatto seeds that have been soaked in water. Kwek kwek and tokeneneng are often falsely used interchangeably.

They are often sold by street food vendors around busy areas and are usually sold alongside fish balls, squid balls, and kikiam.

They are also usually served with either a non-spiced/spiced vinegar based dip, or a thick sweetened sauce which is made of flour, soy sauce, garlic, onions and sugar.[2]

The name tukneneng originated from the 1978 Pinoy komiks series Batute, illustrated by Vic Geronimo and created by Rene Villaroman. In the language of main character Batute, tukneneng means 'egg'.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Kraig, B. (2013). Street Food around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-59884-955-4. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  2. ^ Admin. (January 22, 2009). Pinoy Street Food: Kwek Kwek or Tokneneng Recipe. Filipino Foods Website. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Admin. (September 29, 2013). Tokneneng talaga. clinquantlife Retrieved September 29, 2013.