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Kwek Kwek – Fried Orange Quail Eggs

‘Kwek Kwek’ is a beloved Filipino street food made of hard-boiled quail eggs covered in a savory orange batter that is then deep fried. This is usually dipped in vinegar and a special sauce.

Kwek KwekWhen we were still in Germany and I get the chance to come home to the Philippines for vacation, a trip to the street food vendor was always on my to-do list. It would feel that I have not fully come home yet until I have this crossed out from the list.

This is one of those things I truly missed while living abroad. Not just the Kwek Kwek and the other many street foods we have, but the activity itself, which we fondly call ‘tusok-tusok’ (‘tusok’ means to prick, pierce, poke).How to make Kwek Kwek

How to make Kwek Kwek

How to make Kwek Kwek

To be standing around people: family, friends, and strangers alike, holding a stick in one hand and waiting for your chosen food, may it be fishball, squidball, kikiam, hotdog or kwek kwek, all to be cooked in one big wok with hot oil.

Once ‘Manong’ or ‘Manang’ (a name we call a stranger who is older as a sign of respect) transfer them from the hot cooking oil into a tray, then you can start using your stick to get your share.

Kwek Kwek Recipe

You then dip them into the jar of sauce of your choosing. You may choose from vinegar, spicy vinegar, sweet brown sauce or spicy sweet brown sauce. A combination is allowed but NO DOUBLE DIPPING, please! That means once you put a piece from your stick in your mouth then never ever dunk it back to the sauces again. Ever!

I also have a recipe for a special sweet-savory brown sauce that goes with this Kwek Kwek. Also perfect for fishballs or squid balls.

Dipping Sauce for Kwek Kwek

The addition of cornstarch makes the batter crispy when fried and the baking powder adds a puffiness or lightness to it.

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Kwek Kwek Recipe - A Filipino street food from Quail Eggs

'Kwek Kwek' is a beloved Filipino street food made of hard-boiled quail eggs covered in savory orange batter and then deep fried. Get the recipe here now!
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: kwek kwek
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 24-30 pieces quail eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup water
  • orange food color
  • 1/4 cup flour - - for dredging
  • oil - - for frying


  • Place quail eggs in a pot and fill with tap water enough to submerge them completely. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Once it boils, turn off heat and cover the pot and let it sit for 10 minutes. 
  • Remove the quail eggs from the hot water and transfer into an ice bath or cold water. Peel off the eggshells once cool enough to handle.
  • In a bowl, combine 1 cup flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, ground pepper and water and mix to form a batter. Consistency is almost similar to that of a pancake batter only a bit thicker. Add enough food color and mix until the desired color is achieved.
  • Spread 1/4 cup of flour on a plate. Dredge each egg with flour covering the surface completely. 
  • Drop the floured quail eggs, one at a time into the orange batter and using a fork or a barbecue stick, turn them over to cover them completely with batter. Do this in batches, about 5-6 eggs per batch.
  • In a small pot, heat enough oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, use a stick or a skewer to pierce a coated egg and transfer it to the hot oil and a fork to remove the egg off the skewer and into the hot oil. Fry a batch at a time about 1-2 minutes each side or until crispy.   
  • Remove the eggs from the hot oil and transfer into a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil. 
  • Serve while hot and skin still crispy with vinegar dip or special Kwek Kwek sauce.



  • Vinegar Dip: 1/2 cup vinegar, (1/4 cup water -optional), 1 small red onion-chopped finely, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, (1 hot chili, chopped-optional)
  • I used liquid food color, combining red and yellow to get the hue I like. Food color in powder form is also ok to use.
  •  You may also use annatto powder to color the batter. 
Nutrition Facts
Kwek Kwek Recipe - A Filipino street food from Quail Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 297mg12%
Potassium 67mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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