You’ve had sushi a million times by now – but have you ever had suwxi Malti? Suwxi, an utterly Maltese take on a foreign cuisine if there ever was one, is the newest amalgamation of Maltese and Asian cuisine to be borne into existence – and we need to thank the town of Qrendi for this latest blessing.
“Clinton Sammut and I came up with the idea for the Qrendi Potato and Agrarian Festival happening this weekend,” says Dejvid Bartolo. “We wanted something traditional but interesting and different and we came up with this.”
Clint and Dejvid have been perfecting suwxi for weeks – and they have one key ingredient to making it super Maltese
To make proper suwxi Malta, the rice must be replaced with mashed Maltese potatoes. This is wrapped in a typical seaweed wrap and filled with a variety of Maltese fillings.
If you head to the Qrendi Festival this weekend, you have to try Il-Patrijott, made with Maltese Sausage, kunserva, green beans (ful) and garlic.
Dejvid had spent a year in Japan and picked up some sushi skills. Now he is using those skills to get Maltese youths interested in Maltese history.
“We wanted to find a way to keep youngsters interested and attract them to find out more about Maltese traditions and customs,” he said.
If their sushi goes down well at the upcoming potato festival this weekend – which also includes other insane dishes like potato ice-cream – then they might just develop the idea into something serious and bless the world with suwxi Malti. We’re just not sure if the world is ready for such creativity.