Showered With GravyColumns Ethnic Faves
November 25, 2012
Story By: Chris Fleck | Photos by: Nathalie Walker
It seems that gravy is ever-popular on Thanksgiving and throughout the New Year. Continuing on this gravy train I present one of Hawaii’s most popular known dishes, which, of course, is oozing with gravy. Loco Moco Drive-Inn offers a homemade take on the loco moco.
Staying away from gravy powders or any ingredients that include MSG, Loco Moco Drive-Inn’s Loco Moco ($7.95) is made with in-house gravy prepared from a chicken and vegetable broth.
“We use a whole pot of chicken and vegetables and boil it for about three hours straight to come up with a portion of our broth and soup. We then use that to come up with our gravy,” says Loco Moco Drive-Inn manager Mike Zhu.
The restaurant’s hamburger patties also are made from scratch and in-house ingredients.
When brothers Mike and Sheng Zhu took over the Moanalua Shopping Center Loco Moco Drive-Inn location two years ago, they wanted to concentrate on island barbecue favorites.
“We give out big portions for reasonable prices. We have such a variety of selections. My favorite is the short ribs, which comes with two scoops of rice and mac salad,” says Mike.
Another increasingly popular favorite at Loco Moco Drive-Inn is Fried Chicken with Mushrooms ($8.25).
Loco Moco Drive-Inn
Moanalua Shopping Center
930 Valkenburgh St.
Open daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.