Loco Moco

Las Vegas is home to a large population of Hawaiian folks. In recent decades high unemployment, taxes, a slumping tourist economy and staggering housing costs justified the move from Hawaii to Las Vegas. They are hotel workers, retired police officers, teachers, nurses and other professionals who have left an economically depressed home state seeking better jobs, cheaper houses and easier lives here.

They brought with them a culturally diverse cuisine that draws from a variety of Polynesian and Asian cultures. The food is flavorful, economical and filling. The following dish is an example. The dish, Loco Moco, was born in the 1940’s as the configuration you see here- a scoop of rice topped with a hamburger patty, gravy and a fried egg. The dish is now very popular all around Hawaii and the Pacific islands and sometimes includes Hawaii’s favorite processed meat, Spam.

Las Vegas has a number of stores that sell Hawaiian specialty foods as well as restaurants that feature Hawaiian cuisine, particularly Hawaiian barbecue and this dish, Loco Moco

1 lb ground beef
¼ cup very finely minced onion
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon light brown sugar
black pepper to taste

2 cups leftover beef gravy, reheated
2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in water

4 cups cooked white rice
4 large fried eggs

Combine the beef, onion, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and pepper and lightly mix. Don’t over mix or the burgers will become tough when cooked. Form into 4 patties.

Sear the patties on medium high heat on both sides till desired doneness. Drain off most of the grease.

Prepare the gravy by combining the broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire in the same pan the patties were fried scooping up any dark bits on the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch in a little water and add all at once, stirring to the pan and stir until the liquid comes back to the boil and thickens, Remove from the heat.

To serve the dish place a scoop of rice on a dinner plate, top with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and gravy over all. Serves 4.

    • Eddie
    • April 10th, 2010

    now this is a real mans breakfast!

  1. I have selected this as one of the recipes I will try out this week. Can’t wait!

  2. Oh that looks fantastic. I love the color of it. Yum!

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