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Tukneneng, a popular variant of Kwek kwek made with quail eggs
Place of originDivisoria, Tondo, Manila, Philippines
Created byRene Villaroman
Main ingredientsegg, batter
VariationsKwek Kwek

Tukneneng is a tempura-like Filipino street food made by deep-frying orange batter covered hard-boiled quail eggs. A popular variation of tukneneng is kwek kwek. The main difference between the two lies in the egg that is used. Kwek kwek is traditionally made with duck eggs, while tukneneng is made with quail eggs. It is called Kwek kwek due to the sounds created by ducks and tukneneng because of the filipino word neneng means teenage lady. Due to their similarities, the two are often confused with some people calling tukneneng "kwek kwek" and vice versa.

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

The name "tukneneng" originated from the 1978 Pinoy komiks series Batute, illustrated by Vic Geronimo and created by Rene Villaroman. In the main character Batute's language, tukneneng 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.