Food & Drink

Indonesian Street Food at Rickshaw Republic

Tastes like Jakarta, looks like Chicago

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Tired of eating with your family?

Try someone else’s on for size.

Rickshaw Republic, a new Indonesian restaurant in the heart of Lincoln Park, is run by the Setiawan clan. In the kitchen, matriarch Elice Sobli turns family recipes into hearty, street food-style fare.

Unfamiliar dishes pack the menu. Martabak (pan-fried stuffed pancakes) house a trifecta of eggs, ground beef, and onions. Fried fish and shrimp dumplings coated in silken tofu are known as batagor. The country’s national dish, beef rendang, makes an appearance, too.

Vegetarians, try the tempeh satay (the fermented soybean was invented in Indonesia) doused in peanut sauce and crispy fried shallots. For dessert, sip on cendol — a cooling medley of ice, rice flour jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar.

Each week, Sobli serves a lineup of Mommy’s Specials.

The clean plate club just got more fun.

Rickshaw Republic, 2312 North Lincoln Avenue, between Belden and Fullerton Avenues (773-697-4750 or rickshawrepublic.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Rickshaw Republic 

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2312 N Lincoln Ave
bt Belden & Fullerton Aves
Chicago, IL 60614