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

TUE-THU: 5-10PM | FRI-SAT: 12-10PM | SUN: 12-8PM | CLOSED MONDAY
 

Eats

  • rice table

    35 per person, minimum 2 person.

    Reservation accepted.

    take a detour in dining and off to beaten path with a traditional Indonesian tasting menu served family style, made popular by the Dutch during their presence in Indonesia back in the 19th century (rijsttafel)

    KRUPUK
    garlic tapioca crackers

    BALA BALA
    veggie fritters

    SATE AYAM
    grilled chicken breast satay

    MIE GORENG
    fried egg noodle with chicken & beef meatballs

    NASI KUNING
    yellow coconut rice

    URAP
    grated coconut salad

    GULAI KALE
    kale & tempeh in creamy coconut curry

    RENDANG
    caramelized beef curry with over twenty aromatic spices

    GULAI AYAM
    chicken thighs in lemongrass & turmeric curry

    BABI KECAP
    braised pork belly

  • satay stall

    quit stalling, start eatin! the skewers are infused with special house marinades, grilled to perfection, then served with traditional homemade sauce

    #01 SATE AYAM (2 pc) – 4

    tender chicken breast in peanut & sweet soy sauce

    #02 SATE UDANG (2 pc) – 8

    succulent Asian tiger shrimp in chili ginger sauce

    #03 SATE TEMPEH (2 pc) – 5

    organic tempeh in peanut & sweet soy sauce

    #04 SATE BABI (2 pc) – 6

    juicy pork tenderloin in chili soy sauce

  • snack stall

    take a break and sample the best of street cart snacking.

    #30 RISOLES (2 pc) – 8

    croquettes with dairy, egg, chicken, peas & carrots with sambal peanut sauce

    #31 PASTEL (2 pc) – 8

    empanadas with potatoes, vermicelli, boiled egg, peas & carrots with sambal peanut sauce

    #32 LUMPIA (2 pc) – 4

    chicken spring rolls with sweet chili sauce

    #33 RICKSHAW WINGS (2 pc) – 6

    crispy whole wings in chili ginger sauce

    #34 MARTABAK (2 pc) – 8

    pan-fried stuffed crepes with eggs, ground beef & onions with acar

    #35 BALA BALA (2 pc) – 5

    veggie fritters with house vinegar sauce

    #36 BATAGOR – 8

    Bandung delicacy; fried fish, shrimp, & tofu dumplings in peanut & sweet soy sauce
    with acar & sambal

  • main street

    the most popular dishes from street carts all over Indonesia are the main attraction here.

    #10 NASI RAMES – 18

    Jakarta style rice plate accompanied by variety of sides & choice of beef, chicken, pork, or veggie

    #11 RENDANG – 16

    caramelized beef curry in traditional Indonesian aromatic spices

    #12 GULAI AYAM – 15

    boneless chicken braised in savory lemongrass & turmeric coconut curry sauce

    #13 BABI KECAP – 16

    Chinese Indonesian dish; pork belly braised in sweet soy sauce & star anise

    #14 GULAI KALE – 16

    steamed kale & organic tempeh in creamy coconut curry

    #15 AYAM PENYET – 16

    Javanese dish; fried all natural cornish hen in spicy shrimp paste & sweet soy sauce

    #16 IKAN BALADO – 16

    Padang dish; battered swai fish in tangy spicy sauce

    #17 AYAM RICA RICA – 17

    Manado dish; grilled all natural cornish hen in homemade extra spicy sauce

    #18 NASI GORENG – 14

    fried rice with chicken, scrambled eggs, peas & carrots with fried egg on top (add shrimp +2)

    #19 MIE GORENG – 16

    fried egg noodle with chicken, beef meatball, scrambled eggs & vegetables (add shrimp +2)

    #20 PEMPEK TELOR – 13

    Palembang delicacy; fried fishcake stuffed with egg
    served with ebi, cold egg noodle & house vinegar sauce

    Upgrade white rice to coconut rice – 2

  • side street

    #60 URAP – 5

    cabbage, green beans, sprouts & grated coconut

    #61 KENTANG – 6

    fried potatoes in house sambal

    #62 KANGKUNG BELACAN – 7

    stir-fried water spinach in spicy shrimp paste

    #63 GADO GADO – 8

    steamed potato, cabbage & sprouts, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, fried tofu, & boiled egg tossed in peanut dressing & sweet soy sauce

    #64 KERING TEMPEH – 7

    fried organic tempeh in house sambal

    #65 BUNCIS – 5

    chili green beans

    #66 ACAR KUNING – 5

    yellow curry pickles

    #67 TELOR BALADO (1 pc) – 2

    egg in chili sauce

    #68 KRUPUK – 3

    garlic tapioca crackers

    #69 IKAN TERI – 7

    caramelized anchovies & peanuts

  • 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

quit stalling, start eatin! the skewers are infused with special house marinades, grilled to perfection, then served with traditional homemade sauce

#01 SATE AYAM (2 pc) – 4

tender chicken breast in peanut & sweet soy sauce

#02 SATE UDANG (2 pc) – 8

succulent Asian tiger shrimp in chili ginger sauce

#03 SATE TEMPEH (2 pc) – 5

organic tempeh in peanut & sweet soy sauce

#04 SATE BABI (2 pc) – 6

juicy pork tenderloin in chili soy sauce

snack stall

take a break and sample the best of street cart snacking.

#30 RISOLES (2 pc) – 8

croquettes with dairy, egg, chicken, peas & carrots with sambal peanut sauce

#31 PASTEL (2 pc) – 8

empanadas with potatoes, vermicelli, boiled egg, peas & carrots with sambal peanut sauce

#32 LUMPIA (2 pc) – 4

chicken spring rolls with sweet chili sauce

#33 RICKSHAW WINGS (2 pc) – 6

crispy whole wings in chili ginger sauce

#34 MARTABAK (2 pc) – 8

pan-fried stuffed crepes with eggs, ground beef & onions with acar

#35 BALA BALA (2 pc) – 5

veggie fritters with house vinegar sauce

#36 BATAGOR – 8

Bandung delicacy; fried fish, shrimp, & tofu dumplings in peanut & sweet soy sauce with acar & sambal

main street

the most popular dishes from street carts all over Indonesia are the main attraction here.

#10 NASI RAMES – 18

Jakarta style rice plate accompanied by variety of sides & choice of beef, chicken, pork, or veggie

#11 RENDANG – 16

caramelized beef curry in traditional Indonesian aromatic spices

#12 GULAI AYAM – 15

boneless chicken braised in savory lemongrass & turmeric coconut curry sauce

#13 BABI KECAP – 16

Chinese Indonesian dish; pork belly braised in sweet soy sauce & star anise

#14 GULAI KALE – 16

steamed kale & organic tempeh in creamy coconut curry

#15 AYAM PENYET – 16

Javanese dish; fried all natural cornish hen in spicy shrimp paste & sweet soy sauce

#16 IKAN BALADO – 16

Padang dish; battered swai fish in tangy spicy sauce

#17 AYAM RICA RICA – 17

Manado dish; grilled all natural cornish hen in homemade extra spicy sauce

#18 NASI GORENG – 14

fried rice with chicken, scrambled eggs, peas & carrots with fried egg on top (add shrimp +2)

#19 MIE GORENG – 16

fried egg noodle with chicken, beef meatball, scrambled eggs & vegetables (add shrimp +2)

#20 PEMPEK TELOR – 13

Palembang delicacy; fried fishcake stuffed with egg served with ebi, cold egg noodle & house vinegar sauce

Upgrade white rice to coconut rice – 2

side street

#60 URAP – 5

cabbage, green beans, sprouts & grated coconut

#61 KENTANG – 6

fried potatoes in house sambal

#62 KANGKUNG BELACAN – 7

stir-fried water spinach in spicy shrimp paste

#63 GADO GADO – 8

steamed potato, cabbage & sprouts, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, fried tofu, & boiled egg tossed in peanut dressing & sweet soy sauce

#64 KERING TEMPEH – 7

fried organic tempeh in house sambal

#65 BUNCIS – 5

chili green beans

#66 ACAR KUNING – 5

yellow curry pickles

#67 TELOR BALADO (1 pc) – 2

egg in chili sauce

#68 KRUPUK – 3

garlic tapioca crackers

#69 IKAN TERI – 7

caramelized anchovies & peanuts

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

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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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