One of my favorite things to eat in Hawaii is Loco Moco. It’s served in practically every local establishment and I can still faintly remember one of the first times I tried it – over a decade ago in Maui (gosh, that made me sound ancient), at a small hole-in-the-wall. Love at first bite.
Rice + hamburger patty + fried egg + brown gravy. What’s not to love? Maybe the saturated fat…
There is a restaurant in Honolulu where I would order a loco moco from time to time, but around a year ago they changed something about their usual grass-fed patties and it was no longer the same as I remembered or liked. Sad day.
It’s actually something incredibly easy to recreate at home, so thats exactly what I have been doing. All you need is rice for the base, a hamburger patty in the middle, a fried egg on top, and a healthy dousing of gravy over the entire dish. I tried to healthify it (because thats just what i do…) and the outcome was just what I needed to squash those loco moco cravings.
I used sprouted brown rice as my base. And for my hamburger patty I stuck with the traditional beef using local grass-fed ground beef I bought at the farmers market over the weekend. You can really use any protein you’d like though – veggie burger, ground turkey, tofu steak, fish, etc. Then fry up an egg making sure not to overcook the yolk (thats the most important component, in my opinion) and lay it over the patty.
I nixed the gravy because I knew I wouldn’t miss it. Or you can spice it up with caramelized onions and/or kim chee. Two things I’m currently obsessing over.
Then take that fork and break that yolk letting it run down the patty and into the rice. Best part of the dish.