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Apple Bucket List: Apples Are Rolling Onto Menus Faster Than

Apple Bucket List: Apple Bucket List: This time of year, apples are rolling onto menus faster than Ichabod Crane’s head can fly off his shoulders. From savory dishes and desserts to cocktails aplenty, here’s everything apple-flavored that you should be eating and drinking this season.   Fat Rice: Anything Fat Rice does merits attention and […]

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Oct 20, 2014 04:48 AM
Brunch Bites: Princesses, Pirates, Whisky Edition

Brunch Bites: When you think of Sunday brunch rituals, princesses and pirates probably aren’t the first things to come to mind. Unless you regularly brunch at Disney World. But soon, kids and families (and lords and ladies) get the opportunity to brunch amongst royalty and seafaring scoundrels at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg. The restaurant’s first annual […]

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Oct 18, 2014 08:23 PM
Ditka Day, Ramen Battle, Stone Crabs, The Best of Bucharest, : Weekend Planner

Ditka Day:   Ditka Day and Super Fan Challenge at Timothy O’Toole’s In honor of “Da Coach’s” 75th birthday on October 18, Timothy O’Toole’s is celebrating Mike Ditka Day with festivities, food, and an unruly eating challenge. From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to partake in the “Da Super Fan […]

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Oct 18, 2014 12:10 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.


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, with mom and son in the kitchen, cooking up generations-old recipes, and dad and another son up front.

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