Friday, March 20, 2009

Crave Recommendation: Kwek Kwek

One of the best and most popular Filipino street food is a hard-boiled egg dipped in seasoned batter and deep-fried. It's usually dipped in vinegar. Believe it or not, the other name for this snack is "tokneneng". As bad as it's sounds, this snack is really good. 

24 pcs. quail eggs, hard-boiled and shells removed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp + 1 pinch iodized salt
a pinch or two of black pepper powder
a pinch of Maggi 
Magic Sarap (optional)
1/2 cup tap water
2-3 drops red food color
2-3 drops yellow food color
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for dusting)
1 cup cooking oil (for frying)

1) In a shallow pan prepare and heat cooking oil over medium heat.

2) Meantime, stir in food color into water until you get the desired tint. 

2) In a medium bowl combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper and Magic Sarap or MSG (if using). Gradually add-in colored water, pouring a little at a time as you beat the batter with slow strokes. Add in any remaining water until the batter is fluid but thick. 

3) Pour the extra 1/4 cup all-purpose flour into a plastic bag or container. Add in the shelled quail eggs, cover/seal and roll to coat. 

4) Dunk the floured eggs into the batter. 

5) Fry for a minute each side or until the batter sets. Remove with a slotted spoon and allow to cool and drain.

6) Serve with sweet-chili sauce or sweet and sour sauce or vinegar with minced red onion and a sprinkling of ground black pepper and salt. Enjoy!

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