For this week’s world breakfast we’re taking a trip to the Central Pacific and the Aloha State of Hawaii, where, amongst other things, they like to eat burgers in the morning! Loco moco is a Japanese-inspired dish made up of a thick meat patty, egg, rice and onion gravy. You’ll find it on café and restaurant menus from Honolulu to Hilo, served in a variety of ways, often with Spam and finished with toppings from hot sauce to diced tomatoes.
We’ve decided to keep things traditional with this recipe, opting for ground beef and white rice. It’s really simple to make and comforting to eat.
If can’t get your head around eating loco moco for breakfast, try making it for lunch or dinner instead. Just make sure you try it.
What you’ll need (Serves 4):
1lb ground beef
1 white onion
370g long-grain white rice
250ml gravy (instant onion gravy is fine, but here’s a great recipe if you’d rather make your own)
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
What you’ll need to do:
1. Finely chop the onion and roughly chop the mushrooms.
2. Put the ground beef into a bowl, along with one cracked egg and half of the chopped onion. Add in the milk, salt and pepper and mix well with a spatula until all of the ingredients are fully combined and the mixture is sticky. Divide the mixture into four patties and shape into oval shape. Toss the patties between your hands a few times to release the air and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Put a large skillet over medium heat and heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil. Place the patties in the pan and make an indent in the centre of each using your fingers. Cook for 5-6 minutes until browned. Flip and cook for a further 5-6 minutes. Transfer the burgers to a plate.
4. Using the same skillet and the juices from the meat, reduce the heat to low and add the water. Pour in the remaining chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
5. Make the gravy and add it to the onion and mushroom mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes, before gently adding the burger patties to the pan. Leave to simmer for a few minutes.
6. Using a fresh pan placed over medium-high heat, pour in ½ tablespoon of olive oil and fry four eggs for about 3 minutes, making sure the white is set but the yolk is runny.
7. Steam the rice according to the instructions on the packet and divide it between four plates.
8. Add the patties to the plates and top each with a fried egg. Pour on the gravy mixture and serve. You can also add ketchup or hot sauce as an additional topping, but we’ll leave that up to you!
For this week’s world breakfast we’re taking a trip to the Central Pacific and the Aloha State of Hawaii, where, amongst other things, they like to eat burgers in the morning!