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One-person fryer is game-changer for tonkatsu, tempura, and all your favorite izakaya fried foods


Akihabara-based retailer Thanko has a reputation for making practical appliances, but recently they've been shifting their focus to helping out solo-diners with devices that help deliver some tasty treats for those who need to only cook for themselves. The Japanese maker recently released a personal rice cooker and bento combo that whips up just the right amount of rice for one person, as well as a one-person ramen hot pot that cooks gourmet noodles.

Now Thanko is aiming to please fans of the variety of fried foods found at izakaya pubs, this time with Kalari, a one-person and quick cooking fryer.


Measuring in at 206 mm (W) x 145 mm (H) x 107 mm (D), Kilari is an ultra-compact personal fryer that takes up minimal space in the kitchen. It consists of a base heater unit and a removable pot. Oil is placed in the pot, and the power and temperature can be controlled with the slide switch on the entire surface of the heater unit. Heat can be adjusted from a minimum of 50°C to 200°C, the it requires only 300ml of oil to cook. It's also quite easy to wash.


While you can obviously fry anything, Thanko recommends Japanese pub favorites such as tonkatsu, kushi-katsu, tempura, and fried shrimp.



Thanko's video shows just how easy it is to use to fry up a tasty solo menu of Japanese pub food.

Thanko sells the personal fryer on both Amazon and their own official website.


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What a lonely existence to be at home by yourself, thinking by yourself,drinking by yourself,eating by yourself….

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I love it!

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An air fryer is a better appliance and healthier.

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Kalari should be Calorie! Or Kill-artery!

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What a lonely existence to be at home by yourself, thinking by yourself,drinking by yourself,eating by yourself….

Not at all. Not if you are content and secure in your own company. Besides, even without the restrictions imposed in many places during the pandemic, some people do not have a choice in the matter for all manner of reasons (use your imagination and perhaps reach for some compassion).

Why should individuals living alone be relegated to sub-standard dining or be deprived of dishes they enjoy? Why should they have to rely on food arriving via courier that isn't at its prime due to the unavoidable gap between the stove top and the front door?

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WOW! Love it! Small and compact, easy to use and clean! Was always wondering a way to make fried food without using too much oil, now there is a practical option!

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Looks like it would be fun to use for an oil fondue, nice and neat on the table and surely much safer than heating oil on a gas burner.

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Their nothing like the Fry daddy and Fry baby

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Olive Oil is a waste and expensive to use for deep frying. Put an umeboshi plum in the oil after cooling to make it clear again.

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