Zippy’s has been aggresively advertising their new Chili Moco plate on TV, along with a Las Vegas Trip drawing (us Hawaii folks love LV!). So I finally got to try it. Well sort of. My friend ordered it for lunch last week and gave me a sample section (cut out like a slice of pie) to try. The concept seems like a no-brainer, but in reality, I don’t know any place on Oahu that’s offered this before. I certainly was curious how this would taste.
Here’s the actual take-out plate, revealed in layers…
The layers of the dish from bottom to top:
Plate (for take-out): 8″ diameter x 1-1/2″ depth black plastic (with clear plastic lid)
1st Layer: White Rice
2nd Layer: Mayo’-based “Secret Mac Salad Sauce”
3rd Layer: (1) Hamburger Patty
4th Layer: Zippy’s Chili (classic only)
5th Layer: (2) Eggs
Interestingly, you cannot substitute the type of Chili (bean, no bean, vegetarian), but you CAN order your eggs how you want it (sunny side, over easy, omelette or scrambled).
The most interesting component has to be the “Secret Mac Salad Sauce” (I made that name up), which is basically their Mac Salad without the Macaroni. It’s shown as a close-up in the bottom-right photo. That may sound gross, but you know what? It really adds dimension and punches out the flavor of the nicely-grilled burger patty right above it. A standard Loco Moco doesn’t employ this, so whoever thought of putting that in this dish is a plate lunch genius! lol
My friend opted for an omelette on top, but personally I’d have chosen two sunnyside-up eggs. Let that liquid, golden yolk drip all over. Yum.
I was thoroughly pleased with the combination of flavors. Enough that I just may order one the next time I head to Zippy’s. At $5.45, the portions and value is just right. That’s actually cheaper than most other plate lunches on Zippy’s regular menu.
Supposedly the Chili Moco is only available for a limited time, but I’m guessing this will eventually join the regular menu list.
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