With the help of my long-time friend Sarah Akau, I recorded a short audio story explaining how to prepare a cheap and filling meal that originated in Hawaii. While Sarah was born in Aloha, Oregon, she has grandparents who still live on the island. With Hawaiian parents, it comes as no surprise that loco moco’s were a staple meal during her childhood.
The now-legendary dish was allegedly invented in 1949 by a group of teenage surfers, who called themselves “the Lincoln Wreckers.” One version of the story describes them requesting the Asian-American fusion dish from a local eatery. As word spread about this economic and satisfying meal, the phenomena soon jumped the Pacific Ocean and is now available from a number of restaurants in the continental United States.
The ingredients necessary are listed below, simply adjust quantities to number of people you are serving.
- 1-2 cups of rice; brown or white.
- Beef hamburger patties.
- Brown Gravy (powdered); Knorr’s preferred.