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A Loco Moco with a Twist
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A Loco Moco with a Twist

By Dining Out Team
February 6 - 12, 2011

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Tired of the same loco moco that everyone seems to serve, Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha, chef and owner of 4Kings Kitchen on South King Street, decided to add a new version of the local favorite to his menu.

  • Chef-owner Kapolanialaimaka Kealoha of 4Kings Kitchen. Courtesy photo
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The Not Your Normal Loco ($11) is a combination of all things the chef/owner claims he enjoys about traditional loco mocos — but with a twist.

“I wanted to create a healthier and unique version of the loco moco that locals as well as visitors could enjoy,” Kealoha says.

Here’s how the loco is done at 4Kings: First, the hamburger patty is replaced with a fresh ground mahimahi burger that includes kim chee, Portuguese sausage, caramelized onions, chives and oyster sauce; and second, the gravy is made with shiitake mushrooms, shallots, garlic and white wine.

Of course, the meal also comes with the traditional two eggs, choice of white or brown rice, and choice of housemade kim chee or Ma‘o Farms’ sassy mix salad with Hawaiian ogo vinaigrette.

“The dish is wonderful,” Kealoha says. And that makes the Not Your Normal Loco a must-try in the coming days for Hawaii’s hungry.

4Kings Kitchen

  • Where
    • 2671 South King Street
    • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • Call
    • (808) 951-5464
  • Hours
    • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Monday – Saturday