hawaii foodies: loco moco in honolulu

Old Oct 30th, 2005, 04:36 AM
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Hi all,
Sorry to butt in but you wen make me hungry too much. Just so you know I am not just one Houli butting in...
I grew up on Oahu 1955-85, Paradise elementary, Liliokalani High, then Niu Valley. Grad Kalani 69.
Was talking to a friend from long time ago about Kalua pig, and if still good or not and went searching on inet, and found this posting.
You guys are good fun.
Anyway, just an update...
What you talk about was not really called loco moco in the 60-70's.
Was just a working man's meal, prepared and eaten by dock workers, construction crews, phillipino's, porteguese, and maids and such.
Was a man sized breakfast for workers.
Cooks would prepare this meal well in advance, especially the gravy (totally essential for taste) well in advance.
The best places were on the docks diners ,but could be found at Okazuya resturants around town, and of course, Zippy's, though a bit more expensive.
I just gotta tell ya, that back then, meat was meat and was prized in quality amonst the lower found resturants.
When you ordered hamburgur stead, rice (two scoops, with one scoop macaroni salad) and gravy...you were expecting a good solid meal that would stuff your ribs and allow you to body surf all morning long, and pass lunch time if the waves were good and Sandy's."
The idea is that this is a standard working mans breakfast or dinner and was widely eatan in Hawaii.
When I moved to the states...I was appalled at the response to my quest for the same type of of taste for an essentially very easy to cook (as i have learned "IF YOU KNOW HOW"} man strapping meal.
Several of you have mentioned that you are runners, as I am also.
As you know there beef patties that contain fat, and those that do not.
There was a place, an Okazuya house in Kaimuki that served only prime beef patties, no filler, no fat. This was where I ate...two aunties, telling me if I was being too loud, too brash, too no good, and i learned how to speak polite from them.
Too the point.
The point is, that there are not all that many places in the world where Hamburger steak, rice, with macaroni and gravy are considered a prime meal. Hawaii is probably the last bastion of this tradition.
The Swede's, Dane's have similar but just not the same.
Someone posted a description of the perfect "loco moco" and I agree heartily with his definition; enthusictially much so.
Geeesus, the description watered my mouth so much that I had to sign up, log in, and post this reply, and had only read half of the full thread.
Anyway's....Aloha and Imua in whatever quest you guys and gals search for.
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Old Nov 13th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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marigonggong had mentioned that her friend from Japan thought that the local Hawaiian Loco Moco looked different from the pictures that she had seen in Japan.

This Japanese menu may help to explain that:


Loco Moco is modified all the time. For the Japanese Loco Moco Karri Meatloaf, go to


Finally, you have the latest variation of the Japanese lunch wagon (yatai) serving Italian Loco Moco (tomato sauce and cheese!)

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Old Jul 3rd, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Just thought I'd top this because my friend created a loco moco "guide" on Foodspotting. Too funny!

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