The Happy Home Cook: Kanto by Tita Flips' Kwek-Kwek and Taho

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 Kwek-Kwek (Photo courtesy of Kanto by Tita Flips)

Kwek-Kwek (Photo courtesy of Kanto by Tita Flips)

Diona Joyce, the owner of Toronto' Kanto by Tita Flips, shares her recipes for two popular FIlipino street foods, Kwek-kwek and Taho.

Kwek-Kwek

Kwek-kwek are the deep fried quail eggs while “Tokneneng” is the big brother version (deep fried chicken eggs).

Ingredients

12 (or more) quail eggs, boiled and peeled
3/4 cup flour + 1/4 cup for dusting
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 tbs. annatto powder (this what makes it orange)
salt and pepper to taste
cooking oil for frying

Procedure

  1. Put the boiled and peeled quail eggs in ziploc bag together with the 1/4 cup flour and shake them so it is evenly coated.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch, annatto powder, salt and pepper until smooth and batter-like.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  4. Coat eggs with batter and fry until golden brown.
  5. Serve with vinegar dipping. (I used apple cider vinegar with chopped garlic, onions and chili)

Taho

Taho is a snack food made from silken tofu and tapioca pearls. This staple comfort food is popular all over the Philippines, and taho sellers can be found in every town and city.

Ingredients

200 g soya beans
1 liter water
1/2 tsp gypsum powder dissolved in 1/4 cup water - put in a pot with lid

To serve

Sugar syrup
Tapioca pearls

Procedure

Soak the soya beans overnight
Remove skin from the beans and wash
Using a blender, purée the beans with the water
Using a cheesecloth, squeeze milk out from the beans
Boil the strained milk for 10 minutes
Pour the soya milk to the gypsum powder mixture. Do not stir from this point on - just skim the bubbles on the top and discard
Cover and let sit for at least 45 minutes
Scoop into a cup and serve with sugar syrup and tapioca pearls