|Locomoco, Cascadia-style - yep, with kale - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
There's just no reason to publish a tried-and-true recipe for Locomoco. It's the embodiment of an UnRecipe, literally the aforementioned description: beef, egg, rice and gravy. Granted, there's plenty of riffs on it -- people swap fried rice with plain rice. You can use brown rice because... you know... healthy(??). The gravy is typically the powdered packet stuff you get for less than a dollar in the spices aisle of your grocery store. You could make a meatless version with a vegetarian gravy and swap the burger with a grilled portobello mushroom. You get the idea -- it's a versatile meal, which can really be eaten at any time of the day or night.
My last Locomoco Craving created a Northwesternized version, using wilted kale, shallots, some mushrooms, and a pan gravy that was a mad mix of everything. I used pan drippings from the burgers being cooked,. some reduced poultry stock, a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce, some porcini powder -- basically anything in the pantry to build a richly flavored gravy. The burger was made from local beef, so good quality meat. This was definitely no $2 breakfast special, locals would likely consider this too fancy. And it was all on brown rice, to boot. Not that I was trying to make it healthy, it's just the only rice we keep around, and by the time you pile on all this stuff, plus a fried egg, any hopes of balanced nutrition is out the window.
|At-home version vs Kihei Caffe's awesome Fried Rice Moco - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
While I can't be in the Aloha State as often as I'd like, and I'm still hoping I can fit a trip in this year, here's to wishful thinking, eh, brah?
|Let's just pretend we're in Hawaii for a moment, shall we...? - Photo by Wasabi Prime|