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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.

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