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How to Make a Loco Moco

The Solid Grindz team shows us how to make this Hawaiian specialty.

The fantastic and affordable Solid Grindz   is a restaurant that specializes in Hawaiian BBQ. They showed us how they make the Moco Loco, Hawaii’s original homemade fast food and can be found at just about any fast food joint, roadside diner, or food truck on the Islands.  This dish is truly unique to Hawaii, and it is a comfort food, or “local grind,” of the Hawaiian Islands.  This isn’t the cuisine that is served in upscale hotels and restaurants.

Loco Moco is a mountainous meal consisting of a heap of white rice topped with a hamburger patty and a Sunnyside-up egg, and then smothered in gravy.

There are many people who claim to have invented Loco Moco, but it is generally agreed that around 1949, either the Cafe 100 or the Lincoln Grill (both in Hilo, Hawaii) originated the first dish of Loco Moco.  According to the story, the dish was created for teenagers who wanted something different from typical American sandwiches and less time-consuming than Asian food to eat for breakfast.  The nickname of the first boy to eat this concoction was Loco (“crazy” in Portuguese and Hawaiian pidgin).  Moco rhymed with loco and sounded great, so Loco Moco became the name of the dish.

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Here are some of their other Island specialties:

Spam Fried Rice

Teriyaki Chicken and Beef Ribs

Spam Musubi

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