Written by Colleen Maidhof Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00
Farmingdale residents with a hankering for crunchy spring rolls now have an outlet to remedy their cravings. Long Island’s first Vietnamese restaurant, The Rolling Spring Roll, opened shop on Main St. in Farmingdale, last July, giving local foodies a chance to experience something unique without leaving the neighborhood.
Joe Bui, the restaurant’s owner and chef, said that he came to the Village of Farmingdale with the goal of giving residents a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
“I wanted to create an alternative to lunches and dinners that people normally have,” Bui said. “This is the kind of food that I want to present to people, and that they get a craving for.”
Bui and his family immigrated to Long Island as refugees from Vietnam in 1980. In 2011, with assistance from his mother, Bui opened a food truck in Melville called The Rolling Spring Roll, after his mother’s decadent spring roll recipe, which, he said, everyone falls in love with.
Because he needed a larger space to cook that wasn’t too far from his regular clientele, Bui decided to call Main St. home to his stationary storefront.
“I saw this place, and I knew my followers from my food truck would come here and support me,” he said. “My mom introduced me to cooking when I was very young, and I also worked at restaurants. From my experiences, I learned what tastes good as well as the techniques of cooking.”
Inspired by his love of cooking and his mother’s special recipe, Bui wanted to provide customers with an array of what he defines as “casual” Vietnamese cuisine.
“My menu is simple with sandwiches, grilled meats, soups, rolls, and platters. Even though the menu is stated the way it is, we can mix the items up,” Bui said. “Everything that we make is from scratch. I can’t go to the supermarket to buy Vietnamese sauce.”
Since many specialty food stores don’t include his key ingredients, Bui said he takes the time to make his own cold cuts, broth and sauces.
For Bui, Vietnamese cuisine is one-of-a-kind, as a combination of culinary influence from French and Chinese conquerers.
“So the food is an incorporation of the two cultures,” Bui said. “The Vietnamese nation consists of a mostly vegetarian diet, with some meats.”
The Rolling Spring Roll started as an experiment for Bui, who was unsure how Long Islanders were going to react to a Vietnamese restaurant.
“I don’t know how there are thousands of Long Islanders, and there wasn’t a Vietnamese restaurant up until a few months ago,” he laughed. “If I didn’t open the restaurant someone else would have eventually.”
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 516-586-6097.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
If the Farmingdale Rams are going to get over the top and capture the Skyline Conference for men’s soccer in 2014, it will take some more aggressive play. That’s according to team captain and defensive player Vincent Danetti.
“We don’t have a lot of big guys on our team,” Danetti said. “We need to play aggressive.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.
Friday, 17 October 2014 09:04
The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8.
Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race
On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.