Appetisers are deceptively simple. Especially when you’re planning a menu scratch, appetisers could feel too fleeting to be important. But don’t leave them out: appetisers are actually a great (and often easy way) to impress your guest! So for all the get-togethers we’re looking forward to having as Singapore comes out of P2HA, we got the culinary dream makers behind Kausmo to share a super easy appetiser recipe that will impress.


If you haven’t heard of Kausmo: the cosy restaurant introduces a delightfully modern, intimate dining concept centred on more conscious living and meaningful conversations. Helmed by Lisa and Chew Shian (who are both just in their mid-20s), everything at Kausmo is made from scratch. Imperfection is key. Lisa and Chew Shian’s menus make culinary magic out of  “flawed”, typically “unwanted” produce (over-ripened, oddly shaped, from overstocks etc.)!  


Lisa (left) and Chew Shian (right) in the Kuasmo kitchen.


Kausmo’s Easy Appetiser Recipe: Soy-Chilli Macerated Heirloom Tomatoes with Caramelised Black Plums, Ulam Raja, and Whipped Cheese. 


Think tangy, refreshing, with a hint of spice. Since Kausmo prides itself on embracing food flaws and being mindful of food wastage, heirloom tomatoes are the star of the show. Heirloom tomatoes naturally fall off their vines and often do not meet retail standards, because they tend to be irregularly sized/textured/coloured. But every heirloom tomato is utterly unique and bursting with flavour. Get the dining table raving about this salad that’s also so fuss-free to whip up!


– 5 heirloom tomatoes, halved
– 1 black plum, cut into wedges

Soy-Chilli Dressing: 

– 20g light soy sauce
– 10g chilli-garlic oil
– A of pinch of sea salt flakes 

 To Garnish:  

– Whipped cheese of choice
– Ulam Raja leaves & flowers 


  1. To make the soy-chilli dressing: mix the dressing ingredients till a creamy consistency is achieved.
  2. Next, toss the heirloom tomato halves with the soy-chilli dressing. Then set aside to cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins. 
  3. Meanwhile, char the black plum wedges quickly and also set them aside to cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Once the tomatoes and plums are chilled, it’s time to assemble the salad. Plate up your whipped cheese, top with the tomatoes, plums and garnish with Ulam Raja leaves / flowers to serve!

Get to know the folks behind Kausmo — watch our Work In Progress feature here!

Melisa Goh

Melisa Goh

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