Loco Moco is a dish that is featured in contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine. Hawaiian cooking tends to be unique – fish, spam and pork are all popular ingredients. And Hawaiian food influences food around the world, even in Japan where tasty dishes such as Spam Musubi are popular.
The basic method to prepare Loco moco is to start with white rice, top it with a hamburger, pour brown gravy over it and then top it off with a runny egg. On a trip to Hawaii I had the opportunity to try out many variations on this simple classic. Some of these variations used pulled pork, brisket, or even corned beef hash instead of a hamburger. Others used fried rice instead of white rice. Some used beefy mushroom gravy, others used a lighter brown soy sauce based gravy.
Spam is a popular ingredient used in Hawaiian cooking and the rice I use in my Loco moco is Spam Fried Rice. Hawaiian fried rice is easy to make – first you cook the meat in oil, then scramble an egg and add in rice and soy sauce. This simple fried rice only takes a few minutes to prepare and is great on its own, or as the foundation of a Loco moco.
The hamburger is easy to prepare and uses no fillers to help bind the meat. Be careful when cooking not to turn the hamburger over and over… cook it for 5 minutes, turn once, and then cook 5 more minutes and remove from the heat.
Loco moco is a favorite breakfast dish in Hawaii – but it is quite filling and I’m not quite sure how the locals manage to put one of these away in the morning! But don’t worry – it also makes an excellent lunch or dinner entree, so cook it up and let me know what you think in the comments section, below.