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Dessert Goes East

Delicious pastries and rich breads

make Canaan Bakery a sweet spot

Typically Asian cuisine is not associated with dessert and pastries so I was delighted by the deliciousness of the breads and pastries I found at Canaan Bakery and Cafe in Hicksville. Savory and sweet buns, Danish and Korean pastries, cookies and very good coffee can be enjoyed at the café, which is located at the entrance of the H&Y Supermarket. This is the Nassau County outpost of the four Canaan bakeries—the other three are in Flushing.

The patriarch of the family, Seung Gu Kim, arrived in the US in the late 1980s. He had been a baker in Korea and took up his profession here in New York, opening his first bakery in 1990 with this wife Il Rye Kim. Their adult children are involved in the business. Ki Young, who attended the International Culinary School, bakes the Danish at one of the shops in Flushing; Ki Yong, who went to the French Culinary Institute, takes care of the bills and the accounting. Their sister, Kay Kim, is in charge of quality control.

Kay Kim says that the small buns are the most popular, and after tasting them, I could see why. The Danish is filled with red beans, mocha cream, butter cream or custard cream. One variety is topped with crumbs. The breads are larger versions of the buns.

The pastries at Canaan bring together Korean ingredients and European techniques. Discussing the cakes with my guru for Asian food, Robert Han, the vice president of H&Y Supermarket, we came up with the word “gentle” to describe the pastries, not a usual word when talking about food. “Koreans like their bread lighter and fluffier,” said Han.

Canaan offers two over-sized buns—a macaroon, made with walnuts and almond paste, and green tea bread with chestnut, walnut and raisins. “People are always coming back for the macaroon,” says Kay Kim, who estimates that 60 percent of the customers are Asian, 40 percent Western. “The two big ones are most popular with Westerners,” she says.

You can also get typical Korean cookies at the bakery—white bean and chestnut, red bean and walnut, and chestnut, plus layered cakes.

Canaan, at 478 Plainview Rd., is open seven days a week.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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