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, 30 July 2014 00:00
This month, the Professional Golfers Association of America [PGA] hosted the Barclays Tournament—part of the first round of PGA’s FedEx Tournament with a $1 million prize—at the Bethpage Black Golf Course. From the event, the PGA released $50,000 to the Village of Farmingdale.
“It was great working with the Farmingdale community, one of the best host communities in the country”, said Peter Mele, PGA Tour Director.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00
Secatogue Avenue between the LIRR train station and Eastern Parkway will be closed until September 1, due to the ongoing construction of Jefferson Plaza—a $59 million transit-oriented development project next to the LIRR station—which will involve installation of water, gas, cable and electrical utility lines underground. When finished, the two phase construction project is expected to end in 154 new apartment units as well as another approximately 19,400 square feet of retail space.
“The main reason for doing this now is that there is much less traffic in July and August around the train station,” said Farmingdale Village Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament.
Plainedge 12 - Island Trees 2 (9UB)
Ozone Howard Huskies 14 - Wantagh Hawks 1 (9UA)
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
The Farmingale Devils Travel Baseball teams were in action during The 4th of July weekend and provided fireworks in two different states.
The 11U Devils won their third tournament this year. They traveled to Connecticut for the fourth of July tournament. The Devils lost game one on Saturday 7-5 to the Connecticut Defenders and won game two 17-0,The Devils advanced to the playoff round and would meet the Defenders again .The bats were on fire all day led by Big Joe Mcgrath and Nick Franco.The Devils beat the Defenders 11-5 and advanced to the championship to play the number one seed and undefeated Hit Club. The Devils jumped out to 4-2 to lead .The game was tied at 9-9 going to the 6th inning and the Devils would score 2 runs and hold on to win the tournament. The Devils had 52 hits and scored 44 runs,Big Joe had 4 doubles a triple, Nick Franco had 8 hits. Anthony Quatromani 8hits.Matt DiSanti drove in the last run in the championship game. Tim Dorman 6 hits. Patrick Quinn 5 hits and 6 stolen bases. Nick O'Connor 3 hits and 4 stolen bases. Kyle Gaertner 6 hits and was winner pitcher in championship game. Patrick Sanchez was the winning pitcher in semi-final game.