Have always wanted to get my hands on one of these deep fryer machines. Deep frying is one of those things i used to dread because of the amount of oil used, from both the wastage and health points of view. Well, having done deep frying quite a bit by now, you could say i got used to the oil usage. Deep frying produces a texture no other cooking method can imitate (well the air-fryer comes close only for a small subset of foodstuff), so one has to incorporate it into the full arsenal of cooking techniques.
The whole idea of a deep fryer machine is to reduce the hassle of maintaining temperature and also in ensuring that everything is evenly cooked. It can also reduce the oily fumes emitted as compared to using a wok, plus it also eliminates the danger of getting hot oil splattered onto your arms. Easily justifiable purchase. Compared to Taobao, it is still quite expensive. This one on Taobao would make for a good choice actually – only 99 Yuan (S$20) for the comparable model before shipping and tax. The advantage of the Taobao product is the longish shape, so you can even fry fritters (Youtiao). Anyway, if you’re more concerned with saving space, then this Qoo10 one is still a good choice. OEM product tested and approved by Korean (pretending to be German) brand. With the use of coupon, you can get at least 10% off the price.
The food made with this deep fryer machine is exactly like what you get from commercial outlets. I can dump food inside the fryer and walk away without monitoring it, which is really convenient. Overall, I’m satisfied with the purchase.
Update: I think the advantage of this electric deep fryer is that it heats up real fast, faster than your stove, so you can get your food done very quickly. I have also tried the fondue “function”, which, sad to say, doesn’t work well, because it tends to just boil rather than simmer. Also, i’m not sure if one is still expected to adhere to the minimum level as with deep frying (can’t read Korean manual), which, if so, would be too much volume for fondue. I don’t think i will use it for fondue ever again. A traditional double boiler would do much better. The fondue forks are useful though (anyway i’m very wary of the fork damaging the Teflon coating).