A popular variation of tokneneng is kwek kwek. The main difference between the two lies in the egg that is used. Tokneneng is traditionally made with chicken or duck eggs, while kwek kwek is made with quail eggs or "itlog ng pugo". Due to their similarities, the two are often confused with some people calling tokneneng "kwek kwek" and vice versa.
The name "tokneneng" originated from the 1978 Pinoy komiks series Batute, illustrated by Vic Geronimo and created by Rene Villaroman. In the main character Batute's language, tokneneng means ‘egg’. 
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