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Deliciously ‘sloppy’ traditional Loco Moco

Plate of Loco Moco surrounded by a moat of gravy. (RaksB Photos)

Loco Moco is a classic dish in the Hawaiian cuisine. It is a favorite quick meal option served in most restaurants and fast food diners in the Micronesian Islands.

Deliciously sloppy or sloppily delicious

The traditional loco moco dish is described as a “sloppy yet delicious” pile of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, brown gravy, and a fried egg on top. Some add pasta salad to the mix and voila, complete meal!

Loco Moco

Loco Moco with an overeasy egg on top.

Each restaurant has its own variation in how they serve loco moco. There are different versions from the flavor, thickness of the hamburger patty, and the kind of gravy they use. Even the way it is plated and served.

Most food outlets usually serve loco moco with the egg over easy. I always order my sunny side up “well-overdone.” Because of this, I always have to explain to the foodstaff  that well overdone is a bit on the burned side. (That means I want the egg sides crispy and crunchy because I don’t like a flood of yellow liquid streaming down the plate when I poke the egg.)

Famous namesake

According to folklore, the dish was named after a member of the athletic club whose nickname was “loco” or crazy in Portugese and Hawaiian. They then just added “moco” because it just rhymed with loco. Loco Moco was invented in 1949 for local hungry boys, and it has become a famous favorite since then.

Anyone can make their own version of loco moco. Search online and you’ll find hundreds of recipes. I am one of those who would rather order and eat than make my own. 

Where have you eaten the best loco moco? 

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