After our trip to Hawaii, we had to come home and try to recreate some of our favorite foods. One restaurant we visited, Café 100, was a pretty amazing and super unique stop. Café 100 is located in Hilo, Hawaii and is home of the Loco Moco.
Loco Moco essentially a meal in a bowl, consisting of rice, hamburger patty, brown gravy, and an egg. It is a simple, inexpensive, and unhealthy meal that is absolutely delicious.
Outside Café 100
The original has a hamburger patty, but at Café 100, they have over 30 varieties. We went with an original and a spam.
Being home, we wanted to recreate this meal (not very often though) and I found pretty much a match on Pinterest that hits the spot.
Using this recipe we now can get our Loco Moco fix.
1lb Hamburger (not lean)
1/4 cup grated onions (optional)
salt/pepper to taste
1 can good beef broth
flour for thickening
1 tb butter
couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce
hot cooked white rice
To start, we like to use crumbled meat, instead of patty form, makes for quicker and easier cooking.
I brown it up with the onion and salt and pepper and set aside
When the meat is done, I make the gravy.
I take the leftovers from browning the meat as my starter
I add in the beef broth (usually about 1/2 the container) and let is simmer for about 2 minutes while I mix. Then I bring to a boil for about 5 minutes and then turn it on low.
I then add in just a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and mix. In a small bowl I combine some water with a small amount of flour, this is really just used to thicken the gravy. I slowly whisk it in to the broth until it is thick yet smooth. Right before I serve, I toss in a bit of butter and whisk it in and then turn off the heat.
I then make up my rice, I usually just do minute rice, but you can choose your preference. I make about 2 cups.
Now it is egg time, you can really make the eggs how you want (traditionally they are sunny side up), we prefer the traditional way.
Then it is assembly time
Rice goes in first, top with meat, add the egg, finish with gravy
A filling and tasty meal that we love!