Updated: Apr 28
Aloha, folks! Let’s talk about Loco Moco. According to Wikipedia, The dish was reportedly created at the Lincoln Grill restaurants in Hilo, Hawaii, in 1949 by its proprietors, Richard Inouye and his wife, Nancy, at the request of teenagers from the Lincoln Wreckers Sports club seeking something that differed from a sandwich, was inexpensive, and yet could be quickly prepared and served. They asked Nancy to put some rice in a bowl, a hamburger patty over the rice, and then top it with brown gravy. The egg came later. The teenagers named the dish Loco Moco after one of their members, George Okimoto, whose nickname was "Crazy” because of his crazy antics. George Takahashi, who was studying Spanish at Hilo High School, suggested using Loco, which is Spanish for crazy. They tacked on "moco" which "rhymed with loco and sounded good". There are several places in Hawaii that have great loco moco: Zippy’s, Rainbow Drive-In, and Liliha Bakery. As you can see by the photos below, each has a slightly different take on loco moco. Liliha Bakery puts their gravy on the bottom. Rainbow Drive-in offers fried rice instead of white. Zippy’s has traditional loco moco or you can get it with spam or even chili instead of gravy. Next time you are visiting Hawaii, make sure you stop in for some onolicious loco moco!
Want to make your own loco moco? You can find my recipe here.