Like a Local: 10 of the most unique foods of the Philippines

by Paul Stafford  |  Published August 20, 2018

5. Kwek kwek

A kwek kwek stall at night (Photo: Brian Dys Sahagun via Flickr)

It might be the noise that quail make, or it could just be tagalog, but the kwek kwek are delicious quail or chicken eggs fried in a fluffy orange batter. When done best, this popular Filipino street food snack is nice and crunchy on the inside.

But don’t eat them on their own; the best way to enjoy kwek kwek is to drown them in a vinegar sauce, which you will almost always find in a tub at the kwek kwek stall with a ladle. Then pop a little bit of chili sauce on top and you’re good to go. The quail eggs are usually bite sized and sold on a stick, while the chicken egg kwek kwek are pretty hefty and are often sold on their own.