Tokneneng are boiled chicken eggs that are dipped in a reddish batter and deep-fried until the batter becomes crispy. Generally, this is considered as a Filipino Street food and sold on the streets along with kwek-kwek, squidballs, fish balls, and kikiam. Speaking of kwek-kwek, tokneneng is simply the bigger version. The cooking method and majority of the ingredients are similar; the only difference is the kind of egg used.
The thing that I like about this street food is its ability to fill your stomach for just a few bucks. Don’t expect too much on the taste because it is basically boiled egg. What you need to do though is dip it in a rich sauce for additional flavor. I like this dipped in sinamak (vinegar with spices); this also tastes good with fish ball sauce.
What sauce do you prefer to dip your Tokneneng in?
6 pieces chicken eggs, boiled
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup water
1/4 cup annatto seeds (atsuete)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 cups cooking oil
Watch the cooking video:
1. Put the cornstarch in a container and dredge the boiled chicken eggs. Set aside.
2. Combine all-purpose flour, salt, and pepper then mix thoroughly.
3. Dilute the annatto seeds in water until the reddish color comes out. Combine the liquid with the flour-salt-pepper mixture and mix thoroughly.
4. Put the boiled chicken eggs in the mixing bowl and coat with the batter.
5. Heat the pan and pour the cooking oil.
6. When the oil is hot enough, deep-fry the eggs until the coating is crispy. Use a serving spoon to scoop the eggs from the mixing bowl.
7. Remove the fried eggs from the pan and place in a serving plate.
8. Serve with vinegar or special sauce.
9. Share and Enjoy!