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Fishballs and kwek kwek

Tokneneng is a tempura-like Filipino street food made by deep-frying orange batter covered hard-boiled eggs.

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 quail eggs , while Kwek-Kwek is made with chicken eggs. Due to their similarities, the two are often confused with some people calling tokneneng "kwek kwek" and vice versa.

Tokneneng is usually served with a spiced vinegar-based dip.[1]

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’. [2]

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  1. ^ Admin. (2009-01-22). Pinoy Street Food: Kwek Kwek or Tokneneng Recipe. Filipino Foods Website. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  2. ^ Admin. (2013-09-29). Tokneneng talaga. clinquantlife Retrieved September 29, 2013.