Kwek Kwek is now 3 pesos each O_o

Calgary, Alberta
February 10, 2012 4:13pm CST
I remember 10 years ago if you purchase kwekkwek(its a Filipino streetfood, hardboiled quail eggs, coated in batter, then deepfried) its 4 pieces for 5 pesos, its one of the cheapest snacks out there. yesterday, I tried to eat some and I was devasted with the price. Its now 3 pesos each. really.....that is way too much... if I want to eat kwekkwek, I rather make it my self. the price hikes were kind of frustrating. wether our economy is improving or not , the prices of goods are still increasing. On the bright side, fishballs is still 50 centavos... such a survivor, never changed its price since the 90's.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 12
I love Kwek Kwek much as I love eating quail eggs. And yes, its price increased now. In my area, price is 10 pesos for 3 pcs (little expensive than your area). When I analyze it, maybe the increase is due to the increasing demand of kwek kwek. As I remember, many years ago, I can't hardly see someone selling them. There are just few individuals selling and the persons eating are less. But nowadays, I can see persons selling them almost every corner of the street. That's the change I noticed in our area.
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• Calgary, Alberta
13 Feb 12
There is always a chain reaction going on, when someone sold shakes, everyone sold shakes. I hope there is so much competition they will be forced to drop prices.
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
Hopefully that will happen. The competition is good because the vendors will always try to do something to make their Kwek2x the best among the rest. :)
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• Calgary, Alberta
18 Feb 12
kwekkwek season is over, everyone is selling halo halo now and is now 20 pesos per serving.
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
10 Feb 12
Prices of quail eggs are also increasing that why the price of kwek-kwek is also rising. I remember the first time I taste it, I was 3rd year in college. It taste good and even more affordable. Like yours, it was sold in our university for 4 pieces for only 5 pesos. The sauce was really good. I asked the vendor what he did in his sauce. He said that he measures accurately the ingredients. He even has a micro weighing scale for the ingredients. After almost ten years, you can only have 2 pcs of kwek-kwek for 5 pesos. In some areas, it was sold 10 pesos for only 3pcs. Fishballs? I am just curious why the price of this food is not increasing..hehehe
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 12
if you notice, fishballs dont look like balls anymore, theyw ere more like fish disks or fish coins. Just look how thin fish balls now. chicken eggs gets occasional price drop. Its going tofeel awful if quail eggs will be more expensive than chicken eggs soon. I found out some vendors sold kwekkwek for 5 pesos. 5 peso for a small quail egg.,
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
Yes, fish balls are of the same price but getting smaller...heheheh...But as far as I know, there are also fishballs sold in the market in balls form, but the price is slightly higher compared to those disk or coin form. Perhaps other manufacturers just add extenders or stuffs like baking powder to make it looks bigger while cooking but when removed from the oil, it will shrink... Imagine, for only 30 pesos per kilo of fish balls, they can sell it to 50 cents per piece. How many pieces of fishballs are there in 1 kilo? A lot! I can double or triple the price of fishball per kilo when sold. But of course they have to consider the oil, the sauce as well as the gas they used in cooking..
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• Calgary, Alberta
12 Feb 12
I wont but in the streets anymore, If I crave it I will just make my own, I think I will have more chance of enjoying it if I have plenty. I mean its ingredients are not hard to find and we can customize it according to our taste if we will cook it in out house.
@louievill (16662)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
hi Albert, everything is going up, well in our place, it's not just quail eggs that are made into kwek-kwek but ordinary chicken eggs as well, guess it's bigger and more readily available, one thing with me is when I think something gets too much with regards to price, I somehow figure out a way to make it on my own. Did not know that fish balls cost that much now, during the 80's it was 10 cents each, even tried to buy the whole cart, and find out when it would end so my craving would stop and since then we just fry our own, the only thing I miss is the bamboo stick and eating it hot instead of eating it with a fork , plus the sauce where everybody dips and some say is cause of hepa( not so sure about this)
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@louievill (16662)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
even fifty cents for a fish ball is too much for me, I would just rather buy uncooked in the mall and cook it myself at least it is "one to sawa" (eat to your heart's desire), there are also better quality cause the ones in the cart are small and the cooking oil seems to be terrible, there's another one squid ball, larger ah? would rather buy that.
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
I am not sure what the price was before coz I don't eat much of that - although I tasted one already before... After our work before, me and my colleagues used to buy something before - but I usually buy squid balls, fish balls or chicken balls... I think I only tried kwek kwek when my brother came at home having those foods. He is fond of eating that. Although I ate quail eggs, the one in shell and has not been made into that orange thing, I find kwek kwek a little weird before and thinks its taste isn't good. But then I was wrong I am just amazed that from this discussion I have found out how cheap it was before.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
that orange thing is actually anatto powder aka ground achuette, are you familiar with those red seeds, beaing soaked in water to make giniling more red in color. so that orange thing is not really chemical, if you make your own, you dont have to add the annatto powder. the kwekkwek looks white without it.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
12 Feb 12
Yeap my mom uses that when she makes sotanghon..??? can't remember what is that dish, but it has those I guess sotanghon and bits of chicken.... and she often uses those achuette.
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• Philippines
13 Feb 12
As some prices, kewkkewk is P10 for 4 pieces, well, that is alright price for me. And I prefer buying the egg than kwekkwek. Well, I always keep talking about this high prices which should not be, I mean, these where very inexpensive 10 years ago and now I can hardly buy some. Well, it is not bad as long as it is good food.
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• Calgary, Alberta
13 Feb 12
My solution, if I have cravings, I'll just but some flour and fresh quail eggs and make it on my own. I mean its not really that challenging to cook.
@emdjay23 (1575)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
Well actually just yesterday I bought quail eggs in the market, I was shocked when they said that for every 6 pieces it costs 10 pesos, so, imagine the other ingredients for Kwek-kwek. that's why nowadays it it not really affordable to buy one.. though this food is really so tasty..
• Calgary, Alberta
12 Feb 12
so that could be the reason why its now damn too expensive out of a sudden. i hope our countries economy will improve so the golden age of it being 1 peso each will be back.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
It depends on where you buy the kwek kwek. There are still some places that sell them for P2.50. But there was a time that I was surprised that the vendor that was selling it told me that it was for P3. I told myself that this kwek kwek is overpriced considering he is a street hawker. My friend and I who are addicted to quail eggs have even looked into raising quails as a business venture. Unfortunately, we both don't have the right space to raise them so we are looking at other alternatives for businesses. The quail owners must've raised their prices too that's why it is now being sold at P3.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
I wont buy them in streets anymore, The price and size is just not worth for me. I think I might just cook them on my own. I can be more sure its clean, I can save money and enjoy more as I can. I think the advantage of price height. It would be "healthier" cos you will buy less.
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
I love to eat street food. I think the price varies depending on how much is the egg in the market. The Kwek Kwek that we have here in our place is not the quail eggs. It is the regular egg that we can see everywhere. The rate of Kwek Kwek here in our place ranges from 7 pesos to 10 pesos.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
I prefer the quail or the chicken and duck, so the price hike really affected me lol.
@tipay26 (873)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
This is a mouth watering topic =)) I am buying kwek-kwek together with lugaw.Well if a single kwek- kwek costs that much these days, I would buy lugaw with kwek-kwek for only php15.00.With lugaw you can also be satisfied plus the fact that it has kwek-kwek too your cravings is served well too.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
thats a good idea, I guess that would solve the problem with the price hike, the lugaw would be a good extender or staple to work with the few kwek kwek you will have.
@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
Kwek-kwek Sorry but this street food turns me red (blushing) each time my friend reminded me my reaction when I ask her what is kwek-kwek. I just came to know this street food 2 years ago I guess. A very dear friend invited me to eat some street food (sorry again- I don't have the habit of eating street food- blame it to my grannies hehehe) Then she asked me if I like kwek-kwek and my automatic reaction is "kwek-kwek?" as if I've heard a bomb that about to explode (lols) That's how she pictured my facial reaction (okay- I am laughing while writing this now -hahahaha) So,to make the story short- My friend drag me to a stall selling kwek-kwek and she pointed that orange thing introducing "KWEK-KWEK"
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
though its a street food, if you make it by your self, it wont be a street food anymore, LOL. The frustration of the price hike, makes me buy fresh quail eggs, flour and baking powder. I make my own. I didnt use atsuwete powder though. so its not orange. Its white. well its better than buying 3 pesos a piece.
@ardoy0731 (6866)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
I like eating kewk kwek too way back in high school and college.With friends, we usually eat this after school where manong is selling outside the school premises.We love to eat this with sago at gulaman.Its been a long time since I eat kwek kwek so I don't know how much it is right know.I guess the ingredients is quite higher no than before so they have to increase its price for them to gain even a little profit.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
the price hike is dissapointing for sure but I guess thats life. I just hope it wont be 5 pesos each soon.
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
I remember the first time i encountered this street food. I was afraid of sampling it because it was orange and round, which to a child would mean bizarre because the only orange things you eat are chichiria. However, I did try it and fell in love into eating it because it gives a full feeling when eaten. I am also kinda distraught when I learned that it has risen its price, meaning I have to keep to the old fish balls for a quick reprove to the stomach. Your last comment regarding the fish ball is quite amusing. I haven't thought of a fish ball as a survivor but I can agree with you on that point.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
Even candies are more expensive than fishballs now, It would be the only street food I will buy at this moment now cos its price didnt change, I blame this to the oil industry for keep on controlling the prices of basic necessities. I found out that at certain point its one peso each.
@topffer (31209)
• France
11 Feb 12
I have made a conversion and I found that a quail egg is sold between 9 and 17 PHP in my country. Add the ingredients and the cooking, and you will find that your kwekkwek snack is very cheap.
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
well you know Philippines is a 3rd world country, so I think I will make it on my own, Its recipe is very easy. just coat hard boiled quail eggs in batter (the batter is orange cos of anatto powder) then its deep fried, I think you can make a healthier version by baking it instead.
@Genericbe (1379)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
This only shows the effect of Economic crisis and the inability of the government to solve this general crisis. Imagine the difference of making a fish ball and having a quail egg. The difference as to nature of resources are: In fish balls, the said resources will only need from scrapped fresh fish meats, grind and flour and baking powder and then mold to round like fish coins. While in quail eggs nature of resources need to breed first the animal then wait for it to produce an egg plus the ingredients for the liquid batter before cooking. The cost of resources and length of income sources as profit are of different. Especially almost all basic commodity products increases. The costings also increases. I would not wonder if the price of kwek-kwek will reach at Ten pesos (P 10.00) per piece..
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• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
From a Pheasant food, I have a feeling KwekKwek would be a luxury soon, I hope some sort of miracle happens and quail eggs gets cheap again. I think flour is also a factor because its price had also rised. You know what if i crave this again, I will just make my own.
@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
yes, i like kwek kwek too. the prices are driven by the demand, more than the raw materials. there is a growing popularity and demand for kwek kwek in school areas because young people like them. sadly, i do not see their prices going down because of this demand. well, if one truly likes them, one takes them no matter what.
• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
I remember a pair of person can enjoy 8 pieces of kwekkwek for 10 pesos.. now for 9 pesos you only get 3 pieces. I'm glad that i know the recipe.
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
21 Apr 12
Whoa...that is too much.....we have that here P2.50. I hope our food return to it's low price again. Thr price of commodities the reason why there are many malnourished pinoys.
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@secretbear (19472)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
Hey cap! I don't eat kwek kwek much but I just recently bought some and I think it's 5 or 6 pieces for 12 pesos. So that's gotta be at least two pesos each. I think it's still cheap. I don't know about tokneneng. I haven't tried it all my life. Only kwek kwek. And fish ball's expensive here than your 50 cents each! Here it's one peso each! So I guess our fish ball is bigger than yours. It's gotta be since it's double your price.
• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
tokneneng is not really satisfying to me, cos once you bite it , it gets messy, the egg's coating undressing. unlike kwek kwek were it fits inside your mouth.
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
That's actually cheap in your area because here in Comval Province, kwek-kwek costs 10 - 15 pesos each.
• Calgary, Alberta
11 Feb 12
Is that quail or chicken? I know the chicken one is more expensive but I prefer quail.