Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - Hawaii
Loco Moco is Hawaii’s original homemade fast food and came be found in almost any restaurant in the Islands. This dish is truly unique to Hawaii as one of most popular comfort foods. There are many variations but the traditional Loco Moco consists of white rice, topped with a beef patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy.
[ Fun Fact ]
Loco Moco can be found in various forms on many Pacific Islands from Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and even Japan! Variations include bacon, ham, Portuguese sausage, teriyaki chicken/beef, and Spam. This dish has also been featured on popular food and travel TV shows in Hawaii, and eventually gained international popularity.
[ History ]
Loco Moco is said to have been created at the Lincoln Grill restaurant in Hilo, Hawaii. In 1949, Richard Inouye and his wife Nancy, wanted to create a dish for local teenagers that was inexpensive and delicious yet quickly prepared and served. The teenagers asked Nancy for a bowl of rice with a hamburger patty and poured gravy on top. The egg was added later. The teenagers named the dish Loco Moco after one of their crazy friend, whose nickname was “crazy” and put moco after it because it rhymed well together.