It's interesting the places where we learn of new foods. I was playing Cafe World on Facebook
when I came across this food called "Loco Moco
. I thought it was a made up food when I first saw it and never gave it a second thought. Lo and behold, how wrong I was. I finally decided to Wikipedia it, figuring if it was real, there was a good chance I could find an article about it there. I couldn't believe that I actually found an article about a real
dish. I found it even harder to believe how simple it was. I was flabbergasted. How could I have not come up with such a simple dish? Or even thought of it, for that matter.
That was about three days ago. Today, I finally made the Loco Moco and I am utterly surprised at how good it is!
First, the recipe I used.
1/2 cup white rice
1 lb ground beef
4 cubes of beef stock
2 cups water
Take your rice and cook as normal. Take beef stock cubes and add water, boil until dissolved, set aside and let cool. Pat out your ground beef into 1/4 lb patties, cook on the stove top, reserving the fat in the pan. Remove the patties and fry your egg. Remove the egg and, while whisking, add flour until you get your basic roux (roux is defined as a flour and some sort of fat or oil). You can cheat and use a packet gravy, but it won't be as good. Once your roux is thickened, add the beef stock, slowly, while whisking, until desired consistency is reached. Layer as follows:
Whether you use a fork or spoon, keep some bread handy to sop up the gravy. While mine was a bit salty, it was one of the most delicious (and simplest) dishes I've made in a long, long time. Praise God for creative cooks (and poor folks looking for a filling meal!)