Loco Moco, If You Have Never Tried This You Should

The thing that interests me most in cooking is local favorites. If a certain dish is very popular in one location, there is a reason for that. And, it usually is because it is so good. Loco Moco is a popular local food found all over Hawaii. It was created in Hilo but now can be found in most small restaurants and vendor trucks. And it is good. Actually, it is great!

You will need ground meat to form patties and traditionally, it is served over rice. I like this brown rice blend I buy at Trader Joes. You can use white or brown rice.

As the rice cooks, prepare the patties. Form large rounds by pressing together gently. Sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper.

Place them in a hot skillet.

Sprinkle on some granulated garlic.

Once they have developed a dark crust on each side, cover them and let them steam for about 3 minutes. They should be meduim rare. Don't overcook. They will continue to cook when you remove them from the pan.

I keep them in a 170 degree oven while I prepare the rest.

Fry some sunny side up eggs in a bit of butter.

Oops...I forgot to mention something important. Either buy or make some macaroni salad. Loco Moco is almost always served with macaroni salad. I made a dill macaroni salad.

Place some macaroni salad in a bowl next to a scoop of the rice. Place a patty on top.

Ladle some good, rich gravy over the patty. I used my vegetable gravy for this.


And to finish it off, top it with a fried egg sprinkled with some fresh parsley. You may never have heard about loco moco before but once you eat it, you will never forget it.


Who would have believed all these wonderful flavors jumping around in your mouth at the same time. Larry and Edie are in Hawaii all this week. I'm going to tell them to find this. I'm going to act like I'm there and make my own.
Suzanne said…
OH WOW.....you are killing me!
Barbara F. said…
I love burgers, macaroni salad, any color rice, and fried eggs. I can only imagine what it tastes like all at once. Not sure if my blood sugar would handle it at the moment. I am going to search for your mac salad recipe. xo
Anonymous said…
This looks easy to do and I like all ingredients too! Something to make this weekend perhaps :-)

Have a great day!
Pricilla said…
Poor mans steak and eggs
Anonymous said…
wow, what a combo, I have never ever heard of this, I'm not sure about this one, lol, Garry is sitting beside me and said he will give this a try, he thinks it sounds great, I'll let you know what the verdict is,, I like the name,
Danielle said…
You are truly AWESOME! I check your blog everyday for recipes and I love everyone. The best part is that I am not that great of a cook but your recipes are so easy to follow! I would love a cookbook of all your creations.
Guillaume said…
This is from Hawaii? I thought it would be from Ukraine or Lithuania or some other places. Looks delicious and filling, perfect for a cold winter day. With strong red wine.
How does the NAME tie in? Loco Moco? What does it mean literally translated? What's NOT to LOVE about this. Macaroni salad, with dill, YUM. The ground beef patties. Rice. I LOVE those blends from TRADER JOE's. And eggs. DELISH. SOUNDS like a wonderful combination. Never been to Hawaii, so THANKS for taking me there at long last with this local dish.
Anonymous said…
I have just finished mincing some grass fed beef from our fields, this would be a great way to cook it.. well done.. c
John'aLee said…
As always, I want to live next door and just happen to stop by when you are cooking!
When we were in Maui, we learned that the blue plate special always involves 2 scoops of rice and 1 scoop of macaroni salad. That's a lot of starch!
Nellie said…
This is a new one for me! I may try it on the week-end!
Ina in Alaska said…
This morning Mr. O & I had scrambled eggs with sautéed green & orange bell peppers n' onions. Delish!!!

I will try your technique with my burger patties!