Vietnamese cold remedy in Farmingdale

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At Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale, the chicken

At Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale, the chicken pho eaten in January 2014 had lots of moist, savory poultry. Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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Before another snowstorm hits, you can do what I did one recent frigid night — stop into The Rolling Spring Roll in Farmingdale for a chill-chasing bowl of pho ($9), Vietnamese noodle soup.

Back when the restaurant first opened, chef-owner Joe Bui's chicken pho, made with a rich beef broth, had been undermined somewhat by thin, dry slices of white meat. This last time, though, the poultry pieces were plump, moist, savory.

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When questioned, Bui said he’s changed his technique, brining the meat (soaking it in salted water) before cooking it. Makes a huge difference.

Not a bad idea to have a bowlful in the restaurant and take home some more for later — just in case you're stuck at home.

The Rolling Spring Roll is at 189 Main St., Farmingdale, 631-609-5182,



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