Probably if you go out this weekend on the mainland, you will not see Loco Moco (loh-koo moh-koo) on the menu but, if you were visiting the beautiful islands of Hawai’i you would find it on many menus. An island favorite for breakfast, you will also find it on many lunch and dinner menus as well.
So glad you asked – What exactly is Loco Moco? Truly unique to Hawai’i, a Hawaiian comfort food or “local grind”. Local food became the basic staples around the islands soon after World War II – so be sure as you travel around the islands to sample some of the best combinations of cuisines from around the Pacific Rim, seek out local favorite restaurants whether they be fast food, mom and pops, road side diners, lunch wagons or food trucks.
For the most part, the standard Loco Moco begins with a base serving of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty and fried or scrambled egg, then brown gravy is poured over the entire dish. On some menus, the chef will kick it up a notch and the plain white rice is replaced with fried rice- sometimes served with a side of macaroni salad as shown here.
If you are really hungry you can also order with two hamburger patties!
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