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Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Golden Fry Tech

We checked out some new technology that helps make fried food better for you

Posted May 30, 2012 by Melissa Chang

Remember Mari Taketa’s recent blog about tonkatsu, where she claimed Ginza Bairin was moist, but I disputed it? Turns out, we may have both been right. I visited Bairin a long time ago, and she visited recently … probably since they installed new technology in their katsu fryer.

I just found out that Bairin has started using Golden Fry Tech (GFT), which is a titanium catalyst plate encased in a stainless steel jacket that you place into a commercial fryer. It was originally invented to help the food industry save on the rising cost of cooking oil, but it was recently tested by many international laboratories, including Honolulu’s FQLabs, and they found the plate cuts food oil absorption by up to 50 percent (and effectively reducing fat calories by 50 percent) without altering the flavor and enhancing the texture of fried foods.

Locally-based LTH Corporation recently did a GFT demo for me at Makino Chaya (since they turn out a lot of tempura every day) to show how it works.

Again, you can’t get this for use in your own home, but you can try this new technology at several other local restaurants: Jimbo, Sushi Izakaya Shinn, Side Street Inn, Ginza Bairin, Lobster King, Kokoro Tei, Genki Sushi (currently 3 locations), and Shokudo. If you want to see more from Golden Fry Tech — plus see us try the fried items Joe cooked — visit You can also see more photos, here.

Golden Fry Tech plates are available by direct purchase through LTH Corporation or through its Hawaii partner distributor, Koha Oriental Foods.  For more information, visit or call LTH Corporation at 808-848-7228 or Koha Oriental Foods at 808-845-4232.



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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Delicate Blossom:  Did Makino buy into this product?  The last time I went, some 2 years ago, the fried stuff was not something to write home about.

  2. nonstopmari
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    u must re-try the wonders of bairin. lmk when u do, i’m so there.

  3. Melissa808
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

     @Annoddah_Dave now remember, this is recent. They JUST bought it!

  4. Melissa808
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

     @nonstopmari OK. Birthday dinner? hee hee

  5. kyleepuu
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    This does make me want to eat at the places that have this technology – sounds like it helps with consistency, which is key.  I’ve yet to try bairin, but glad I waited!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted May 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

     @kyleepuu I shoulda waited! Now when I go to Bairin, I’ll be eyeing my cutlet suspiciously.

  7. KevinSOshiro
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    cool ! now i can eat healthy french fries, won tons, and gau chees !

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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