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.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”