HealthXchange's Professional Chef Series - Executive Chef Firdauz Nasir from Permata Singapore

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Kerabu Raden Ayu

This recipe serves 1.


Calamansi - 4 nos

Red Chilli - 15g

Sugar - 5g

Salt - 5g

Water - 50ml

​Green Mango (sliced) - 140g

​Cucumber (sliced) - 100g

​Green Papaya (sliced) - 140g

Thai basil - 5g

Shallot slice - 25g

Pomegranate - 30g

Soursop flesh - 100g

Palm Sugar - 5g


1. To make the Calamansi Chilli Dressing, get a Stone Mortar ready.

2. Cut the Calamansi into 4 slices.

3. De-seed the Chilli and chop finely.

4. Add the sliced Calamansi and Chilli into the Stone Mortar. Pound until it becomes a paste. Add in the salt and sugar and continue pounding until it becomes a watery paste. Transfer the paste into a container, add water and mix.

5. Take a bowl and ladle. Add the Calamansi Chilli Dressing, Palm Sugar, Pomegranate, Thai Basil and mix the ingredients until the sugar dissolves. Add in the sliced Green Mango, Sliced Local Cucumber, Sliced Green Papaya, Soursop and toss them evenly.

6. Dish is ready to be plated and served.

About the chef

Singaporean Muslim Executive Chef Firdauz Nasir has always been passionate about elevating his comfort food to share with the world. He believes in using old school techniques with traditional ingredients bought fresh from the local markets.

Having travelled the world at 25, Executive Chef Firdauz learnt about the different cooking techniques in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand where he started out as a fishmonger and a cook.

He has been trained by several MasterChefs including the late Co-Founder of The Coconut Club, Lee Eng Su. Keeping his dishes simple yet tasty, Executive Chef Firdauz is currently elevating Nusantara cuisine in Singapore.

About the establishment

Inspired by the trade in the 1920s, where diamonds and gemstones were sold in Kampong Glam, Permata which means jewel in Malay is the first Nusantara Buffet Restaurant at Gedung Kuning.

Offering Nusantara-inspired dishes for both lunch and dinner, Executive Chef Firdauz Nasir is on a mission to elevate Nusantara cuisine in Singapore while ensuring that key nostalgic dishes such as Ulam, Kerabu, Lemang remain on the menu.

Pushing the boundaries in his cooking, Executive Chef Firdauz has added modern twists to the menu with dishes like Wagyu Beef Rendang, Ayam Binjai, Tempoyak Ikan Patin that pairs perfectly well with Nasi Bunga Telang, Permata’s Signature Blue Pea Rice.

You can visit their website here