Get to know the owner of OoLaLa. A local to the Parsippany and Morris Plains area for more than 20 years, it's been Trung's lifelong dream to share Vietnamese cooking with the community.
WHY DID YOU WANT TO OPEN A RESTAURANT?
It's always something I've wanted to do, even before I came to the US. I enjoy cooking and it brings me great satisfaction to see people enjoying my cooking. Simply put, it's been a dream I've had for as long as I can remember.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS?
My favorite part is meeting different people, different nationalities and personalities. I guess I just like people, from young to old, whoever. Food brings people together, and I like that.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE VIETNAMESE SPECIALTY OF ALL TIME?
My favorite Vietnamese food is banh cuon - a thin rice pancake that's rolled with shredded pork and mushrooms and dipped in fish sauce. It's delicious, but not that easy to make.
AND YOUR FAVORITE OOLALA MENU ITEM?
That would be the OoLaLa! Pho Spicy, mostly because it takes the most dedication to make the broth. You've got to balance the spiciness with an aroma that's distinct from the other kinds of pho we've got. Plus, I like spicy.
HOW DO YOU SEE OOLALA EXPANDING AND GROWING IN THE FUTURE?
Right now, I just want to get our name out there. Then I want to make sure our customers are happy. Then maybe we'll think about things like new locations and new menu items.
You'll find Trung at the restaurant on most days, meticulously preparing various kinds of broth for OoLaLa's signature rice noodle dish, pho, or whipping up a fresh batch of homemade mayonnaise for the equally popular Vietnamese sandwiches, known as banh mi. Stop by for your fill of delicious eats and say hello!