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Go Loco for Loco Moco!

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If you’ve been to Noble House Hawaiian in Wichita KS, then you know they have a wide variety of authentic Hawaiian cuisine. While scanning the menu you may have also noticed a traditional dish with a non traditional name, it’s time to check out the hearty Hawaiian dish, Loco Moco!

The Legend of Loco Moco

Legend has it that Loco Moco was first created in 1949 at the Lincoln Grill restaurant in Hilo, Hawaii by Richard Inouye and his wife Nancy. The local sports club, the Lincoln Wreckers came to Richard and his wife and wanted something different than the ordinary sandwich. They wanted something inexpensive but yet something that could be quickly prepared and served. It also had to be hearty to satisfy their appetite. So Richard and his wife took white rice and topped it with a hamburger patty, brown gravy and later on added two fried eggs. The teenagers were so happy they named the dish Loco Moco after one of their members, George Okimoto, whose nickname was “Crazy”. George Takahashi, another of the teens, is actually credited with naming it, using the word “Loco” which is Spanish for crazy and “Moco” because it rhymed with loco and “sounded cool”.

Since those days Loco Moco has exploded in popularity, both on the islands where it’s a regular staple with the lunch crowd, and on the mainland where it’s spread to many of the Hawaiian restaurants across the nation. There are many variations using different combinations of proteins but at it’s heart it’s still rice, hamburger, gravy and fried egg. It’s been featured on Girl Meets Hawaii, Man v. Food  and Man Finds Food on the Travel Channel, as well as Diners, Drive Ins and Dives on Food Network.

Loco Moco has Invaded Wichita KS

As we’ve mentioned, you can get your own taste of Loco Moco right here in Wichita KS at Noble House Hawaiian, where Chef Akamu serves up several delicious varieties. The normal version starts out with the steamed rice, and is then topped with either two hamburger patties (one if you get the mini) or fried spam, brown gravy and topped with fried eggs. You can also order it “50 / 50” and get one hamburger patty and two pieces of fried spam to have the best of both worlds. Finally you can also order it with fried rice, which Chef recommends as the ultimate way to experience this king of Hawaiian comfort food. And as always, no matter what variety you try, it all comes with a side of macaroni salad.

Noble House Hawaiian is located in the College Hill neighborhood of Wichita KS near the intersection of Douglas and Hillside. Their menu features a plethora of Hawaiian favorites such as teriyaki steak, huli huli chicken, and chicken katsu as well as a wide variety of Poke. Come to Noble House Hawaiian and “Share the Aloha”. Try the Loco Moco and find out why so many people are going “Loco” for Loco Moco!

Say Aloha to Chicken Katsu!

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It is absolutely no secret that Wichita, Kansas loves it’s chicken. Wichitans line up all over town to check out the latest chicken creations. Rotisserie chicken and roasted chicken are always popular but the king by far is fried chicken. Long known as a delicacy of the south, this main stay of church picnics also has a decidedly more tropical cousin.  Would it surprise you to know that some of the best fried chicken may not even come from a chicken restaurant at all? Wichita, it’s time you met a popular staple of Hawaiian plate lunches all over the islands, Chicken Katsu!

The Origins of Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu has long been a popular staple in Asian culture, where it reported started in kitchens in Japan before showing up in Hawaii and even California. In Hawaii this dish is one of the most popular plate lunches and appears at restaurants all over the islands. Now thanks to Noble House Hawaiian Wichita gets to sample this plate lunch favorite of the islands.

Similar to the German dish, Schnitzel, Chicken Katsu starts out with chicken thighs, which are then pounded thin, seasoned, dredged in egg and seasoned flour and then dipped in Panko breadcrumbs. After that it’s deep fried till it’s golden brown. Depending on what country it’s served in, it can come with a variety of dipping sauces, such as tonkatsu sauce, which is a thick Japanese vegetarian sauce. At Noble House the Chicken Katsu comes with a brown gravy and is accompanied by white rice and, of course, macaroni salad. Imagine you’re grandmother’s fried chicken but with a Hawaiian twist.

Bringing Chicken Katsu to Wichita KS

Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch started out as a food truck that began making visits to Wichita in 2015. Chef Akamu was so impressed with the food truck scene in the ICT that he made it his home and in 2017 they opened a brick and mortar location in College Hill on Douglas Ave, near the intersection of Douglas and Hillside, where they’ve been dispensing plate lunches and “Alohas!” ever since.  In addition to Chicken Katsu, Noble House also prepares a wide variety of plate lunches such as Huli Huli Chicken, Teriyaki Beef and Kalbi Beef Ribs and the ever popular Loco Moco, as well as a variety of Poke such as Salmon Poke, Ahi Tuna Poke and California Poke.

So next time you feel like getting your fried chicken fix, you should try something a little different and come to Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch for the Chicken Katsu. Perfectly seasoned and fried golden brown with brown gravy, rice and macaroni salad it’s a satisfying meal for any chicken lover. It will have your stomach saying Mahalo!

What’s a Hawaiian Plate Lunch?

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Hawaiian Plate Lunch Comes to Wichita KS

If you’ve ever visited Noble House one of the first things you will notice is they serve a wide variety of Hawaiian Plate Lunches. You also may have been confused by the term, especially if it’s dinner time but no worries, the Hawaiian Plate Lunch is a traditional island meal and is available all day and night. So no matter when you’re craving favorites such as teriyaki beef or garlic shrimp, you can fill up at Noble House.

The History of Hawaiian Plate Lunch

The Hawaiian Plate Lunch, which is a mainstay of Hawaiian food culture, first appeared in Hawaii in it’s current form back in the 1880s. At the time laborers were in high demand by the fruit and sugar companies on the islands. As the demand grew, laborers were brought in from around the world, including China, Japan, Portugal and the Philippines. The workers didn’t eat sandwiches or things of that nature, instead they ate leftover rice and mixed it with things like canned meat, teriyaki, cold meat, scrambled eggs or pickles, with almost no salad or vegetable. At some point macaroni salad was added to the plates, not only because it was a good bridge for national taste, but also it mixed well with most of the meats used in the plate lunches.

Once the plantations came to an end, plate lunches began being served on-site by lunch wagons to construction workers and day laborers. Eventually it started showing up in local hole in the wall restaurants before the first “plate lunch” restaurants began popping up. Before long there were even a few plate lunch franchises and they made the jump to the US, where the craze spread into California.

What’s in a Hawaiian Plate Lunch?

The plate lunch has become a staple of Hawaiian eating and is similar to the Southern US “meat and threes”. The difference of course is the cultural influences such as the pan-Asian influence on Hawaiian cuisine and some have even traced it’s roots back to the Japanese Bento Box.

Your standard Hawaiian Plate Lunch consist of two scoops of white rice, macaroni salad and an entrée. If a plate lunch has more than one entrée then it is considered a “mixed plate”.  At Noble House if you get the mini then it only includes one scoop of rice.

Popular plate lunches include Chicken Katsu, which is fried boneless chicken breaded in Panko bread crumbs, Teriyaki Beef, Kālua Pork, Garlic Shrimp and Lau Lau, which is fish wrapped in a taro leaf. Not all influences are asian however as you will find a popular dish by the name of Loco Moco, which is a hamburger steak smothered in brown gravy and topped with a sunny side egg. This dish was clearly influenced by American culture, although you can get it with fried spam instead of hamburger if you want to keep it more traditional.

Noble House Hawaiian Serving up Plate Lunches to Wichita KS

Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch is the brick and mortar location for the popular Noble House food truck. It’s located on Douglas Ave near the intersection of Douglas and Hillside in the College Hill neighborhood in Wichita Kansas. There you will find a wide variety of plate lunches including all the varieties mentioned above and more such as the Huli Huli Chicken and the Kalbi Ribs. In addition they have a wide selection of Poke, Hawaiian breakfast dishes, beverages and traditional deserts. It’ll make your stomach say “Mahalo”!