BYOB one wine bottle or one 6-pack beer per two guests. No hard liquor.

Tuesday-Saturday: 5-10PM | Sunday: 5-9PM | Closed Monday
 

Eats

  • Rijsttafel

    book a rijsttafel experience

    Take a detour in dining and off to beaten path with a traditional Indonesian tasting menu, made popular by the Dutch during their presence in Indonesia back in the 17-19th century.

    Summer 2016 Menu

    Bala Bala
    Cabbage, carrot, sprout, sweet & spicy vinegar sauce

    Acar
    Pickled cucumber, carrot, red onion

    Sate Ayam
    Chicken breast, peanut & sweet soy sauce

    Rujak Buah
    Fruit salad

    Krupuk Bawang
    Garlic crackers

    Sambal Oma
    All natural chili sauce

    Nasi Kuning
    Yellow coconut rice

    Buncis
    Chili green beans

    Rendang Daging
    Caramelized beef curry in Indonesian aromatic spices

    Opor Ayam
    Chicken braised in creamy coconut milk

    BOOK A RIJSTTAFEL EXPERIENCE

  • Satay Stall

    #01 Chicken Breast 4 (2pcs) gluten-free by request
    Acar, peanut & sweet soy sauce

    #02 Black Tiger Shrimp 9 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Acar, sweet chili ginger sauce

    #03 Tempeh 5 (2pcs) gluten-free by request
    Acar, peanut & sweet soy sauce

    #04 Pork Tenderloin 7 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Acar, bird’s eye chili, sweet soy sauce

  • Snack Stall

    #31 Pastel 8 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Boiled egg & potato empanada, rice vermicelli, chili peanut sauce

    #32 Chicken Lumpia 4 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Fried spring roll, sweet chili sauce

    #33 Chicken Wing 7 (5pcs)
    Lemongrass, palm sugar, sambal oma

    #34 Beef Martabak 8 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Pan-fried stuffed crepe, egg, white onion, acar, sambal oma

    #35 Bala Bala Fritter 5 (2pcs) contains gluten
    Cabbage, carrot, sprout, egg, sweet & spicy vinegar sauce

    #36 Batagor Dumpling 9 contains gluten
    Fish, shrimp, tofu, peanut & sweet soy sauce, acar, sambal oma

  • Main Street

    #40 Nasi Rames 19 vegan & gluten-free by request
    Rice plate accompanied by vegetable sides, sambal oma, choice of beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian

    #41 Beef Rendang 17
    Caramelized beef, candlenut, coconut milk, Indonesian aromatic spices

    #42 Gulai 15 vegan by request
    Braised chicken breast or fried tofu, coconut milk, turmeric, lemongrass

    #43 Pork Belly 16 contains gluten
    Star anise, sweet soy sauce

    #44 Kale & Tempeh 16
    Coconut milk, turmeric, lemongrass

    #45 Nasi Goreng 14 shrimp+2 vegetarian & gluten-free by request
    Chicken fried rice, egg, peas & carrots

    #46 Penyet Fried Chicken 16 gluten-free by request
    All natural cornish hen, spicy shrimp paste & sweet soy sauce

    #47 Fish Pepes 16
    Swai fish in banana leaves, aromatic spices, basil

    #48 Rica Rica Chicken 17
    Grilled all natural cornish hen, bird’s eye chili sauce

    #49 Mie Goreng 16 shrimp+2 vegetarian by request
    Stir-fried egg noodle, egg, chicken, beef meatball, cabbage, carrot

    Upgrade rice to coconut rice +2

  • Side Street

    #60 Urap 5
    Cabbage, green bean, sprout & grated coconut

    #61 Kentang 6
    Sambal caramelized fried potato

    #62 Gado Gado 8 vegan & gluten free by request
    Potato, fried tofu, mixed greens, boiled egg, sprout, peanut & sweet soy sauce, cracker

    #63 Kering Tempeh 7
    Caramelized sambal oma

    #64 Krupuk 3
    Seasonally imported Indonesian crackers

    #65 Buncis 5
    Green bean, bell pepper, red chili pepper

    #66 Acar Kuning 5
    Carrot, cucumber, turmeric curry

    #67 Terong Balado 6
    Fried eggplant, chili tomato sauce

  • drink depot

    TEH SARIWANGI – 3

    Indonesian fragrant black tea

    SODA GEMBIRA – 4

    lit. means “happy soda”; ask us the flavors!

    ES KELAPA – 5

    iced coconut water with young coconut meat

    ES CINCAU – 4

    iced grass jelly, basil seeds & syrup

    ES CENDOL – 4

    iced green rice jelly, palm sugar & coconut milk

    JUS ALPUKAT – 5

    Indonesian avocado shake

    TEH KOTAK – 2

    Indonesian sweet tea in a box

    KOPI TUBRUK – 3

    lit. means “collision coffee”; Indonesian mud coffee

    UNFILTERED GINGER ALE – 4

    S. PELLEGRINO – 3

    COKE / DIET COKE / SPRITE – 2

  • sweet street

    it’s a treat, it’s a dessert, it’s wildly delicious!

    KETAN HITAM – 6

    black rice pudding topped with coconut milk

    ES CAMPUR – 10

    a refreshing medley of fruits, beans & jellies served on crushed ice mixed with condensed milk & cocopandan syrup

Satay Stall

#01 Chicken Breast 4 (2pcs) gluten-free by request
Acar, peanut & sweet soy sauce

#02 Black Tiger Shrimp 9 (2pcs) contains gluten
Acar, sweet chili ginger sauce

#03 Tempeh 5 (2pcs) gluten-free by request
Acar, peanut & sweet soy sauce

#04 Pork Tenderloin 7 (2pcs) contains gluten
Acar, bird’s eye chili, sweet soy sauce

Snack Stall

#31 Pastel 8 (2pcs) contains gluten
Boiled egg & potato empanada, rice vermicelli, chili peanut sauce

#32 Chicken Lumpia 4 (2pcs) contains gluten
Fried spring roll, sweet chili sauce

#33 Chicken Wing 7 (5pcs)
Lemongrass, palm sugar, sambal oma

#34 Beef Martabak 8 (2pcs) contains gluten
Pan-fried stuffed crepe, egg, white onion, acar, sambal oma

#35 Bala Bala Fritter 5 (2pcs) contains gluten
Cabbage, carrot, sprout, egg, sweet & spicy vinegar sauce

#36 Batagor Dumpling 9 contains gluten
Fish, shrimp, tofu, peanut & sweet soy sauce, acar, sambal oma

Main Street

#40 Nasi Rames 19 vegan & gluten-free by request
Rice plate accompanied by vegetable sides, sambal oma, choice of beef, chicken, pork, or vegetarian

#41 Beef Rendang 17
Caramelized beef, candlenut, coconut milk, Indonesian aromatic spices

#42 Gulai 15 vegan by request
Braised chicken breast or fried tofu, coconut milk, turmeric, lemongrass

#43 Pork Belly 16 contains gluten
Star anise, sweet soy sauce

#44 Kale & Tempeh 16
Coconut milk, turmeric, lemongrass

#45 Nasi Goreng 14 shrimp+2 vegetarian & gluten-free by request
Chicken fried rice, egg, peas & carrots

#46 Penyet Fried Chicken 16 gluten-free by request
All natural cornish hen, spicy shrimp paste & sweet soy sauce

#47 Fish Pepes 16
Swai fish in banana leaves, aromatic spices, basil

#48 Rica Rica Chicken 17
Grilled all natural cornish hen, bird’s eye chili sauce

#49 Mie Goreng 16 shrimp+2 vegetarian by request
Stir-fried egg noodle, egg, chicken, beef meatball, cabbage, carrot

Upgrade rice to coconut rice +2

Side Street

#60 Urap 5
Cabbage, green bean, sprout & grated coconut

#61 Kentang 6
Sambal caramelized fried potato

#62 Gado Gado 8 vegan & gluten free by request
Potato, fried tofu, mixed greens, boiled egg, sprout, peanut & sweet soy sauce, cracker

#63 Kering Tempeh 7
Caramelized sambal oma

#64 Krupuk 3
Seasonally imported Indonesian crackers

#65 Buncis 5
Green bean, bell pepper, red chili pepper

#66 Acar Kuning 5
Carrot, cucumber, turmeric curry

#67 Terong Balado 6
Fried eggplant, chili tomato sauce

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Story

The Setiawan family’s front lawn was a frequent resting place for the local Rickshaw drivers. It may have been the aromatic smells coming from the kitchen that drew them, or the chatty children who enjoyed being regaled by the driver’s tales that kept them there. Whatever it was, the rickshaw made a big impression on Oscar and Emil, almost as much as the culture and flavors of the street food that they enjoyed with their family while living in Indonesia.

Rickshaw Republic isn’t just about peddling plates, it’s about peddling dreams. The dream of a mother to have her own restaurant, of a father to leave his family a legacy of their own in the United States, of a son to fulfill his destiny of being a great chef, and of his brother to make all these wishes and his own come true, by bringing the vibrant culture of Indonesia and its street food experience to Chicago.

Rickshaw Republic brings together the vibrant culture of Indonesia and its street food scene, under one roof. Traditional dishes that are sold at street carts everywhere, are carefully crafted using recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.

Authentic, unpretentious and delicious. Asian Street Food, the way it should be.

we peddle asian street food

Oscar
Gastro Guide
An engineer by trade, a professional photographer by passion, and a foodie by nature, Oscar brings together his eye for beauty and detail and his taste for travel and adventure in Rickshaw Republic. Asian street food is in the DNA of Oscar. Having spent half his life in Jakarta, his fondest memories were of street food savored with family along his many travels. His dream of one day having a family restaurant where others could enjoy the culture and food of his childhood, has finally come true.

Elice
Spice Keeper
Elice has the good fortune of being able to say Mama Knows Best, and have it come true. Cooking since she was a young girl in Palembang alongside her grandmother, she always believed that the best place for her children to celebrate their individual skills of entrepreneurialism, design, photography, and yes, cooking, was a family restaurant. And just as she was about to hang up her own chef whites, her children agreed, and Rickshaw Republic was born.

Emil
Tastemaker
Emil never thought he’d be a chef. In fact, he even refused to work in the family restaurant back in Boston. But when Emil looked for a job in high school and found himself working at a fast food chain, something clicked. Not only was Emil fast, he was good. Really good. But he wanted to be better, and that would mean studying from the best…Mama. Now Emil and Elice work side by side, bringing to life generations of family recipes and creating new ones for Rickshaw Republic.

Tommy
Gourmet Greeter
It wasn’t just years of studying internal medicine that led Tommy to believe that a way to man’s heart was through his stomach, it was meeting his future wife Elice. Won over by her beauty and gifted culinary skills he asked for her hand in marriage and 3 children later, moved them to America on a PhD scholarship. A smart man knows a good thing when he sees it. An even smarter man knows a good meal when he tastes it. Opening Rickshaw Republic with his family just might prove that Tommy Setiawan is one of the smartest men around.

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