Kate's Cuisine

Jun 30 2011

Loco Moco: Review

Don’t be scared off this recipe by the long list of ingredients; most of them are for the marinade and you need all the acidic ingredients because the tough meat doesn’t cook long enough for the cooking process to break it down. And using stewing meat makes this dish actually un-authentically Hawaiian, as the real deal is served with a hamburger patty instead of the beef cubes. But, the night I wanted to make this for dinner, this was the only beef there was to be found in my freezer so I went with it and just had to make some changes along the way. To make this dish even easier though, use canned or packaged beef gravy mix, and throw on some hamburger patties. It will definitely cut down on the prep time for you, and really does make it more authentic. And with this Hawaiian specialty, keeping it authentic is especially cool as it’s got a ‘totally rad’ story behind it.

Legend has it that one morning in 1949, two Hawaiian surfers walked into a local eatery. They told the waitress that they wanted something that was packed with protein and that would fill them up, but not make them feel overly full and bloated. All of this so that they could stay out on the waves for as long as possible before nightfall. There was just one problem; they didn’t have a whole lot of money. The waitress told them ‘a ole pilikia’ (no problem) and brought back this strange, but protein-packed dish. The two surfers decided right then to call it Loco Moco. ‘Loco’ because well, it’s a crazy dish. And ‘Moco?’ Because it rhymes with Loco!

While this may not be your typical breakfast, and was something unheard of in the state it was created until this past century, the fad quickly caught on. Today, you can visit many Hawaiian restaurants and try out this totally rad dish any time of day!

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Loco Moco: Review”

  1. Loco Moco | Kate's Cuisineon 30 Jun 2011 at 9:23 pm

    [...] Read the review here [...]

  2. Windon 26 Jul 2011 at 10:19 am

    This is way better than a brick & mortar etsablshiemnt.

  3. kateon 26 Jul 2011 at 10:59 am

    Thanks, Wind! Hope to see you back here soon!

  4. Deliveranceon 26 Jul 2011 at 6:55 pm

    No colmpanits on this end, simply a good piece.

  5. kateon 27 Jul 2011 at 8:33 am

    Thanks Deliverance! This is such a great dish!

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