Kat’s Loco Moco
Loco Moco is traditionally made with white rice topped with a hamburger patty, fried egg and gravy. There are other variations of this dish, where they top the rice with sausages, ham, or chili instead of the burger patty.
My version omits the thick gravy and uses a lighter sweetened soy sauce. I replaced the gravy with unagi sauce which I love. It’s slightly thicker than normal teriyaki and sticks to proteins better than teriyaki. It’s great drizzled over rice and various meats and seafood. I also jazzed up the dish with caramelized onions which I tossed with a touch of sugar and soy as well. The sweet caramelized onions gives the loco moco dish an extra layer of flavor and texture. Try this dish and it’ll definitely be a crowd pleaser.
Kat’s Loco Moco (Hamburger over rice with caramelized onions and sunny side egg)
Ingredients: Serves 1
1 egg (cooked sunny side up)
1 sirloin hamburger patty
1.5 cups of cooked white rice
1 whole onion, caramelized
3-4 tablespoons unagi sauce
2 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon water
optional: green onions for garnish
1. If you don’t have a rice cooker or cooked rice available, you can make your own rice in a pot following the measurements on the bag of rice you have. Simply bring your water to a boil with the rice in it and then turn to simmer and cover with lid. My rice took 12 minutes to cook and I let it sit with the heat off until my patty was ready.
2. Once the rice is cooking, you can start on your onions which take 3-6 minutes to properly caramelize.
3. Add a little oil to your pan and add your onions, along with the soy, salt, water and sugar. Stir it around occasionally so it doesn’t brown or burn on any sides.
4. Let it cook slowly until it turns a golden brown. Taste and season accordingly. It should be slightly sweet to taste.
5. Now cook your hamburger patty in a non-stick pan by searing it high heat and then turning it to medium heat and cover with a lid. It should be cooked to “medium” and served immediately once it’s done. (Takes 2-4 minutes) While the patty is cooking, you should cook your sunny side eggs. (Takes 1-2 minutes)
6. Once the patty is done you can place rice on a plate using a bowl. Fluff your rice in the pot first and then fill a small rice bowl with rice and flip it over onto a clean plate. It will leave a nice round mound of rice which you will then flatten to create a flat surface for you to top with the hamburger patty.
7. Once you top it with the patty,
drizzle the unagi sauce over the patty, rice and plate.
8. Now top your onions over the patty and drizzle a little more unagi sauce over it.
9. Gently slide your sunny side egg over the patty and drizzle a little more unagi sauce over it.
10. Garnish with some chopped scallions for added color. Serve right away!
The other plating style uses an Asian lacquered bowl which evokes a sense of Japanese influence on this dish. Choose whichever style you fancy to serve this dish as there is a plethora of ways to prepare and serve this wonderful rice dish. Happy eating 🙂