Quick and easy to make, comforting, and filling, Loco Moco is one of the most famous Hawaiian dishes. It features a bed of white rice topped with a flavorful hamburger patty, a fried egg, and mindblowing brown gravy. A perfect lunch or dinner!
Pasta and casseroles are great but sometimes you want to have something different for dinner. To break the routine with a new but at the same time familiar to your taste buds dish. I mean, grilled oysters sound great but… You get what I mean, right? Easy to make, simple, filling, comforting, that’s what I’m aiming for.
Yesterday I spent a whole hour browsing through thousands of recipes until I found exactly what I needed (I guess I am a picky girl). Meet Loco Moco! The famous Hawaiian dish consisting of white rice topped with a juicy hamburger patty, which is then topped with a fried egg, and, finally, with brown gravy! You should be sold by now, my dear friend.
Loco Moco is only like 50 years old but it’s already a classic. I have never been to Hawaii (adding to my list of places to visit) but from what I’ve read, you could find this dish in every single restaurant of this beautiful island. I can understand why. A perfect combo of Asian (rice and gravy) and Western cuisines (hamburger and egg) is irresistible!
I only needed one look at this goodness and I immediately knew I would love it. A success with Hawaiian cuisine I had before (check out my Lomi Lomi salmon recipe) only strengthened that feeling. What’s not to love about meat, rice, egg, and gravy in your plate?
A few more facts about this interesting dish. Many call it a Hawaiian version of fast food because it’s really quick to make and it comforts you like you need! Loco Moco burger is also said to be a great hangover cure. Keep that in mind next time you’ll have a rough morning.
Hawaiian love this dish so much that they even put it into the world record book. Yup. A few years ago a few chefs and volunteers assembled a bowl of Loco Moco that weighed 1,126 pounds. How about that? 600 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of ground beef, 300 pounds of eggs and 200 pounds of gravy. Impressive!
Oh, and one more thing. The authentic Loco Moco should feature runny sunny-side-up eggs. I don’t have any problem with that because I always have my eggs runny but if you are not a fan, you can scramble them. Just don’t tell any Hawaiian about it. Shhh… It will stay between me and you.
Loco Moco is one of the most famous Hawaiian dishes. A bed of rice topped with a juicy burger, a fried egg, and drowned in delicious brown gravy!
- 2/3 cup white rice
- 4 eggs
- 1 lb (450g) ground beef
- 1/2 cup panko (Asian bread crumbs)
- 1/2 cup onion , minced (I used sweet onions)
- 1 egg , beaten
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- oil , for frying
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup beef broth
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper , to taste
Cook the rice according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, combine the ground beef, panko, onion, egg, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper together and form 4 patties. In a large skillet, heat the oil and cook for about 4 minutes per side until done. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
In the same skillet, scrape up the browned bits of the meat and melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk until a light-brown paste forms. Whisk in the broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the Worcestershire sauce and simmer 5 minutes more. Season to taste.
Finally, fry the eggs runny sunny side up or as you prefer. Serve the burgers over the cooked rice and top each with the fried egg and some gravy. Enjoy!