Skip to main content

Loco Moco

The first time I had this I was on the big island of Hawaii and I had never heard of it before my now wife and I walked into a small diner in some tiny town that I can’t even remember the name of. I do remember that we had both had too much wine the night before and this particular menu item jumped right out at me as something that might help with that. I’ve since learned that this is the quintessential Hawaiian comfort food and if you decide to make it, you’ll appreciate why. 

Key things to look out for:
  • How you season the patty is going to greatly colour the dish. I like Cajun spices but you do you 
  • Don’t wipe out the pan in between the patties and the gravy. The fondant is exactly what you’re after when making a good gravy 

Gather the good Stuff


  1. Ground beef - enough for a few small patties. Probably about 400g or so. I like them on the thinner side but you do you 
  2. Cajun seasoning to taste 
  3. Garlic salt to taste 
  4. Black pepper to taste 
  5. 1 egg 


  1. 1.5 cups beef broth 
  2. 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  3. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  4. Splash of sesame oil 
  5. 3-4 tbsp corn starch
  6. Optional - tbsp ketchup 
  7. Optional- tsp sugar 


1.5 cups rice 

Putting it together 

  1. Mix ground beef with egg, salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning. 
  2. Finely dice 1/2 onion and add to beef mixture
  3. Using your hands press beef into patties of desired size
  4. Heat frying pan over medium high heat with a bit of oil or butter 
  5. Fry patties for 4 minutes per side (more or less if thicker / thinner) or until desired doneness 
  6. Transfer patties to a plate and keep warm in the oven 
  7. If necessary blot out some of the excess grease from the pan, but not all
  8. In a separate bowl mix together broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, sugar, sesame oil
  9. Add cornstarch to gravy mixture and whisk in well until all lumps are gone 
  10. Add remaining 1/2 onion to pan and fry until golden on medium heat 

11. Once the onion is golden add gravy mixture to the hot pan and stir until thickened, remove from heat

12. In a clean pan fry one runny egg 
13. Assemble in a bowl over rice by placing patty on top of rice and pouring gravy over top. 
14. Garnish with green onions 


Popular posts from this blog

Chicken Paprikesh

One thing we all appreciate about chicken is how nicely it can be transformed into something awesome and in pretty short order. This dish certainly fits that bill. It won't take you much more than 25 minutes to prepare and I'm confident how pleasantly surprised you'll be with the work / reward ratio of this dish.  Key things to focus on are using a good smokey paprika and making sure you take the time to brown the onions well.

Gather the good stuff:1 Tbsp butter or better Chicken legs and thighs. Enough to fill a big pan. 2 or 3 Yellow onions - sliced. 1 Tbs of paprika. I use smoked but you can use regular paprika as well 1 cup chicken broth at room temperature1/2 cup sour cream Putting this together Cut your chicken into thighs and drumsticks. Pat dry and salt well. Meanwhile slice your onions and set aside. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a heavy pan on medium high heat . Fry chicken skin side down for 5 minutes or until skin easily lifts off the pan. Flip chicken and fry for another 3…

Gloriously Garlic Noodles

This is a dish that you can have on the table in 20 minutes or less. It has relatively simple ingredients that pack a ton of flavour. It's also open to a lot of variation. I like to serve it with shrimp as shown but really any protein will work, seafood being the fastest one to add. Also, feel free to play with the amount of garlic. The recipe that follows is on the extreme end of how much you want to put it in there. if you find garlic a little overpowering, or you have a dentist appointment the next day, maybe tone it down a bit.  Gather the Good Stuff  In regards to the sauce, you can be pretty loose with the quantities. If you like it a little saltier, use more soy sauce. If you like it a little hotter, add a little more cayenne. For the noodles, literally any noodles will do. I used the standard spaghetti but that's just because it is what I had on hand.  2 Tbsp soy sauce - a shot of a thicker darker one is probably a good idea. if you use one that is too light you'll m…