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Richeese Factory, More Than Just Fried Chicken (mise en place, Vol 20 – 2017)

Indonesia is no stranger when it comes to American-style fried chicken. The dish is widely considered as the cornerstone of Western cuisine influences for the masses in the country. It dates back to 1979, sparked by the pioneer Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Followed suit by McDonald’s in 1991, the country has seen the ups and downs of Western-style fast food industry from both foreign and local brands. Fried chicken however, has solely been very successful in gaining immense influence over Indonesian palate over the years that it has driven most of the brands to actually adapt and develop their own formula of the dish.

Even on this day, decades apart since its first inception; crispy fried chicken can commonly be found on street carts in residential neighborhoods – both privately owned or franchised. Some brands aim for presence at shopping malls, while others are also confident in presenting themselves as standalone restaurants.

Fried chicken is known not just for its delicious, crispy skin and flavorful meat which was previously marinated with spices; Indonesia also has seen creative innovations applied on the original recipe. The local rising star Richeese Factory has its own uniqueness regarding this.

But quite curiously, Richeese Factory was not a fast food chain to begin with. It was originally, and still, a business unit owned by Nabati Group known for its cheese-based snacks, crackers and wafers branded also as “Richeese”. Back in 2011, the group opened its first outlet in Bandung and Richeese Factory is among the few who are confident enough with opening both at shopping malls and as standalone restaurants.

Aside from Jakarta and its neighboring satellite cities, Richeese Factory has expanded as well to Semarang, Solo, Malang, Surabaya, and heading east to Bali. It’s also pioneering its presence to smaller cities like Garut, Cirebon, and Tegal. Yogyakarta would be the next city to anticipate a new opening towards the end of 2017.

From the menu, Richeese Factory cleverly took the advantage of Indonesian people curiosity and palate that fancies the spicier side of food in general. With addition to the use of cheese sauce which differentiates Richeese Factory than the rest of the competition, it also provides several degrees of spiciness that customers can choose for their fried chicken treats.

With 60 outlets in its possession now, Richeese Factory employs a highly standardized operating procedure that will ensure consistency from production and down to the frontline and QC. Periodically, reviews are conducted and socialized to every single crewmember, with the addition of strict audit from the HQ.

The headquarters also devises a system that ensures the logistics efficiency, especially to suit the company’s expansionist strategy. Richeese Factory, as we know it, will open their first outlets outside of Java in Makassar and Balikpapan later this year.


Images by: Richeese Factory

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Halal-Certified Restaurants: Central Java & East Java – Indonesia (per August 2014)

List of MUI halal-certified restaurants in provinces Central Java and East Java as per August 2014, sourced from DetikFood and Halal Corner:

    La Tulang (Ayam Goreng Tanpa Tulang)
    Jl. Boko Mojayan, Klaten Tengah, Klaten
    RM Bebek dan Ayam Goreng Pak Ndut
    Jl. Slamet Riyadi 159, Kartosuro, Sukoharjo
    RM Lestari
    Jl. Revolusi No. 6, Karang Anyar, Kebumen
    RM Pak Ndut Langgeng Mulyo
    Jl. Diponegoro No. 273, Mijen, Ungaran
    RM Aldila Karya Utama
    – Jl. Raya Tulis KM 11, Batang
    – Jl. Soekarno-Hatta 20, Kendal
    – Jl. Islamic Centre No.4, Bugangin, Kendal
    – Jl. Teuku Umar 37, Semarang
    PT Dinamika Karya Persada (Kaliandra Eco Resort and Farm)
    Dusun Gamoh, Desa Dayurejo, Kec. Prigen, Pasuruan
    Depot Barokah 162
    Jl. Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo No. 162, Randuagung, Kebomas, Gresik
    Warung Sehat Kang Bedjo
    Taman Anggun Sejahtera 3 Blok A3 No. 21, Popoh, Wonoayu, Sidoarjo
    PT Mitra Yatim Mandiri (Aqiqoh Mandiri & Catering)
    – Jl. Jambangan No. 135-137, Surabaya
    – Jl. Kebon Sari 25 F, Surabaya
    – Jl. Mondoroko 43, Singosari, Malang
    – Jl. Kyai Abang RT/RW 02/06, Sidomulyo, Kec. Semen, Kediri
    – Dusun Dawuhan RT/RT 21/06, Desa Tegalgondo, Karangploso, Malang



QuikSkoop™: Toko Oen

So one day, I was on my way to East Java through the Great Northern Route and I stumbled upon Semarang. My mom-in-law who used to live there knows the way around the town but had never been to this particular place. So it’s our special first time there with the whole family at Toko Oen!

Quite unfortunate that we had our breakfast somewhere earlier so I was planning to take them for dessert. It was around 9 AM in the morning and even I didn’t sure whether it’s already open or not.

Luckily, it’s open and I was struck in awe by the extreme authenticity of the place. Similar places like this also can be found in several big cities around Java like, for instance, ice cream parlor Ragusa or colonial eatery Huize Trivelli in Jakarta, bakery shop Sumber Hidangan or ice cream parlor Braga Permai in Bandung, and I heard they got something similae as well in Surabaya.

Oen’s Symphony

Again, it’s unique, antique, and homey at the same time. Probably it’s because that the place is maintained well, inside at least. The exterior is not too inviting by the way. Perhaps they want to keep certain ingenuity degrees from the building.

Seeing from the menu, they do specialize in steaks with Dutch colonial touch, namely the Bestik. See my post about Miranda for that dish. Usually the sauce was a bit different than the familiar trio of BBQ, mushroom, and black pepper sauces plus they got pork too here in some dishes. The thing is, I believe that the ice cream must be homemade!


Apart from that, they also got several pasta dishes, Indonesian, Chinese, and our prime target, ice creams! Without further due, me and my wife got the Poffertjes with three scoops of mocha, vanilla, and chocolate ice creams. While the in-laws went with other types of ice cream parfaits.

The ice cream flavors do not vary much. It’s still between strawberry, mocha, chocolate, and vanilla but the parfaits have more variations. All named in Western, Dutch, and French style and with no descriptions at all so it’s best to ask the waitress about it. Even if you don’t ask about it, I can assure you that anything you pick would be fantastic!

Poffertjes with Ice Cream

For example, my in-laws parfaits. My brother-in-law had this particular Charlotten or three scoops of ice cream with lidah kucing or literally the cat’s tongue. It’s one of those Dutch hampers shaped long and thin, taste a bit sweet and works well with ice cream or afternoon tea. While my mom-in-law picked Oen’s Symphony or the same three scoops of ice cream but with three slices of strawberry roll cake.

The coolest part should have gone for ours, the Poffertjes with Ice Cream. It’s the whole nine Poffertjes balls with icing sugar washed dark with chocolate and overshadowed by three scoops of ice cream. It was a delight where the chocolate sauce should run the campaign as the star! The ice cream was good as well and filled with signs of classic homemade taste. Nowadays ice cream feels modern with the thick flavor and not watery at all. The one in Toko Oen was just different. Anyway, I was a bit dejected by the Poffertjes, much to my dismay. They put too many eggs in the dough and it tasted too thick as the result. Although perhaps it’s their trademark or even it’s they way to create Poffertjes but one thing for sure, it’s not the first time I taste Poffertjes and I don’t have much fondness for the one here.

The endings were swell anyway. Everybody’s happy especially my mom-in-law who used to live her 24 years of youth here but hadn’t had the chance to visit Toko Oen. I bought two boxes of hampers on my way out and that seals the deal. Thank you Semarang!


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