Loco moco…sounds “crazy”, doesn’t it?! This unique Hawaiian dish is quite popular over in Hawaii but not very well known in the rest of the world. Its components are neither exotic nor difficult to procure – hamburger, egg, gravy, rice – yet for some reason, it has intrigued me ever since I first read about it. I had to make it. And yes, it was good! It’s a comforting meal that’s easy to make on a weekday after work.
enough cooked white rice for 2
2 hamburger patties
oil (I use sunflower)
1 tbsp flour
1 cup beef stock, or stock from a cube
salt and pepper
You can either make your own hamburger patties or do what I did and just purchase them. There’s a stall at my farmer’s market that sells some quite nice ones. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and fry your hamburgers until done to your liking. Remove and keep warm. Either add more oil to the pan or remove oil – whatever you do, leave about 1 – 1.5 tbsps of oil in the pan. Add the flour and cook together until the roux darkens, stirring constantly with either a whisk or a spatula. Add the broth, whisking or stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you have a separate pan, fry your eggs in it. If not, decant your gravy into a bowl and keep warm. Use the same pan to fry your eggs. I like them over-easy.
To put it together, on each plate or shallow bowl, place enough rice for 1 person. Top with a hamburger patty and top that with a fried egg. Pour gravy overtop. Dig in!
We had some garlicky spinach on the side to, you know, be somewhat healthy!