Original Loco Moco from Hawai’i

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Original Loco Moco from Hawai’i

by Josiah Lerman

In Hilo, Hawai’i, Cafe 100 serves the original dish of Loco Moco. Therese DeCleene shares the recipe, which has been featured on Food Network’s Bizarre Foods. She said, “It may seem bizarre, but it tastes so ‘ono’- delicious.




*Makes one serving. Exact ingredient amounts are up to the individual’s preference.*

White sushi rice or brown rice
1 hamburger’s worth of ground beef
1 egg
1 packet of McCormick Brown Gravy
1 pat of butter

*Ground beef can be substituted by another meat if desired*


The Rice

*To cook rice, use either a rice cooker or a stove top.

For rice cooker:

  1. Rinse rice.
  2. Mix 1 part rice to 2 parts water.
  3. Cook.

For stovetop:

  1. Rinse rice.
  2. In saucepan, mix 1 part rice to 2 parts water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 20 mins. *Do not touch the rice or move the pot!*
The Hamburger
  1. Form the raw ground beef into disc shape.
  2. Cover the bottom of the pan with a little water to prevent burning.
  3. Bring the water to a slight simmer.
  4. Cook the patty on one side until brown.
  5. Flip the patty over and cook until other side is brown.
The Egg
  1. Melt a small pat of butter in a pan over low heat.
  2. Cook egg sunny-side up.
The Gravy

Simply follow instructions on the back of the package.

The Assembly

You may build on a plate or in a bowl, depending on the gravy’s thickness.

  1. First (Bottom) Layer – A bed of rice
  2. Second Layer – A hamburger patty on top of rice
  3. Third Layer – An egg on top of the hamburger and rice
  4. Fourth (Top) Layer – Gravy over everything


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