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Wabash Ave. Dining Revolution   Wabash Avenue steps into the spotlight with cultural and restaurant additions.   When it comes to Loop thoroughfares, Wabash Avenue is often relegated to the role of red-headed stepchild, neglected and overlooked in comparison to its more popular siblings Michigan Avenue and State Street. A lot of that can be […]

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Mar 29, 2015 04:28 AM
Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago, A Taste of France: Weekday Planner

Rhine Hall Turns One, Anniversary Party at 312 Chicago Chicago’s first brandy distillery is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary with a fete on April 3. From 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Rhine Hall will toast to one year of success with an anniversary cocktail menu, light bites, a DJ, and a tasting of Rhine […]

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Mar 28, 2015 05:32 AM
Charlatan and The Boundary Tavern and Grille: Brunch Bites

Charlatan and The Boundary:   In this week’s batch of brunch bites, Charlatan provides a new brunch destination in West Town and The Boundary Tavern and Grille revamps its brunch menu in Wicker Park. Three Aces has been a solid brunch contender for a while now, so the onset of brunch at West Town sister […]

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Mar 27, 2015 05:12 AM

Chicago Restaurants: Guest Moms Cooking at Rickshaw Republic

Rickshaw Republic has been peddling traditional Indonesian fare since opening earlier this year, prepared and served by the Setiawan family. This summer, the Indonesian clan is taking the concept of family to another level with their new "guest moms" series. Starting this week, the series invites a different family friend into the restaurant each week to prepare traditional Indonesian pastries uncommon in Chicago.


The idea for the guest moms series struck Oscar Setiawan out of his love for collaboration and his family's passion for sharing their cuisine with Chicago. He's also a wedding photographer, so collaboration is in his blood, and he thought it would be a great way to incorporate more delicacies into their restaurant. In particular, he wanted to share more snacks and pastries, like the kinds of items one would find on the wet market, the term for the bustling fresh food markets found throughout Asia. Due to the lack of such markets in the U.S., it's difficult to make traditional Indonesian pastries, as ingredients aren't organized together en masse like they are in Asia. Over there, these pastries are common specialties of small mom and pop businesses run out of their homes. The Setiawans wanted to take that mom and pop (emphasis on mom) pastry concept and start making great, authentic Indonesian pastries at Rickshaw Republic.


They've begun gathering pastry-minded Indonesian mothers, all family friends or acquaintances and all good at making one or two kinds of pastries. The idea is to have the moms prepare their pastries at the restaurant, using ingredients sourced from Asian markets in Chicago, and sell specific varieties in limited quantities. Each week will feature a different mom and a couple pastries. Up first this week are risoles, pastries filled with béchamel, chicken, carrot, and celery; and coconut pancake rolls called dadar gulung. Just like the recipes used for the regular menu at Rickshaw Republic, recipes used for the pastries are generational, passed down from grandmothers and moms.


Rissole
(Expect to see stuff like this rissole at Rickshaw Republic. Photo: Wikipedia)


The guest moms series is set to run for a couple months, going through important Indonesian events such as Ramadhan and Indonesian Independence Day on August 17.

Neighborhoods: Sheffield & DePaul

Rickshaw Republic traffics in the traditional street foods of Southeast Asia, from satay and deep-fried fishcake balls to curried chicken gulai and gado gado. The endeavor is a family-run operation,...

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