There is also a ton of food in "Tomodachi Life", obtainable by giving a Mii the occasional frying pan and seeing what they come up with, but primarily from the local 24/7 grocery store, the offerings of which (entrées, sweets, & drinks) increase as the game progresses. One of the first entrées available on my island (Frootytoot) was loco moco, a scrumptious looking burger dish. I had never heard of it before so I looked it up and found that loco moco is a common meal from Hawaii dating back to the late forties or early fifties (of the 1900s). Cool! (FYI: Loco moco is not available in the Japanese version of the game.)
"A hawaiian dish with a meat patty, gravy, and a fried egg on white rice."– Grocery Store Attendant, "Tomodachi Life"
Note: Often in a loco moco dish the gravy is simple and thinner than what you'll get with the recipe below. I decided to make it thicker based on the in-game image (shown above right).
"Tomodachi Life" Loco Moco
Fluffy White Rice (made before the meat & gravy is done! Rice tips here)
1 Egg per burger
Fresh Cilantro or Fresh Italian/Flat Leaf Parsley
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
1 lb. Ground Beef
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of Pepper
3 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 Large Sweet Onion, diced
1 Cup Mushrooms, diced
2 Tbsp. Flour
1 Generous Tbsp. Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
2 Cups Beef Stock, chilled
Rice Cooker (optional, but so handy!)
Mesh Strainer (optional)
2. While the sauce is simmering mix the ground beef with a little salt & pepper & form into decently-sized, oblong-ish patties about 1/2" thick. Cook in a large pan over medium heat for about 4 mins per side until juices run clear (but don't press on them!). Remove to a plate & cover with foil to keep warm (or put between 2 pie pans).
4. Put a little oil in a small pan over low-med heat & crack in an egg. Corral the white so it's not all over the place & cook until no longer clear & there is just a hint of brown around the edges (sunny-side up style). Fry as many eggs as you have burgers (or for as many burgers as will be eaten during this sitting). If you don't like runny eggs feel free to flip the egg & cook the yolk.
5. To plate your loco mocos fill half a large plate with white rice, lay on a burger, drench with sauce, & then top with a fried egg. Typically the egg goes under the gravy but in "Tomodachi Life" it goes on top 'cause it's pretty that way. On the other half of the plate place a handful of torn lettuce topped with fresh cilantro or Italian parsley plus a few cherry or grape tomatoes on the side. Take a bite of your finished loco moco & see if it makes you rocket into space with yumminess or melt into the floor from yuck. Hopefully you'll at least simply like it & your happiness meter will increase from a full tummy.