McDonald’s Japan is rolling out Hawaii-inspired burgers on February 10 as part of its World Mac Hawaii campaign, because the Japanese love Hawaiian food. The Loco Moco Burger takes cues from the classic Hawaiian comfort food dish; it features two beef patties, a fried egg, gravy sauce, cheese (and powdered cheese because why not?).
Loco Moco was invented in Hilo, Hawaii in the late 1940s; the origin tale is that a local restaurant created the cheap, filling dish for the teenage football players that used to hang out there. Although there are plenty of variations, the basic recipe consists of white rice topped with a burger patty, fried egg, and gravy—sort of a fast-food version of a bibimbap.
This is the second time McDonald’s Japan has offered a limited-time Loco Moco Burger. The first Hawaiian inspired-burger debuted in 2010, and consisted of gravy, an Egg McMuffin-style fried egg, a burger patty, and bacon strips on a bed of chopped lettuce and an American cheese slice.
A second burger will be added to McDonald’s Japan on February 10: The Kalua Pork Burger, featuring slow-cooked pork, a spicy pork patty, pineapple barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and pickles.
Can’t make it to Japan next week? Head to Animal restaurant in Los Angeles for foie gras loco moco. The restaurant’s luxe rendition of the classic Hawaiian dish has hamburger, spam, quail egg, foie gras, and rice.
[via Rocket News 24]