Your Delicious Monthly Recipe-Prawn Bisque Kusksu

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Extract taken from April's 2023 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here



A restaurant located in Sliema, Azar offers international cuisine in a setting of laid-back sophistication. Azar encapsulates the perfect combination of elegance and simplicity to delight the senses. The concept was conceived by chef and owner, Michele Zahra, after years working in the restaurant industry, experimenting and refining his techniques. His passion for cooking over open flames and infusing dishes with the flavour of wood and natural fire inspired him to develop this unique concept.

This dish is our twist on the traditional Maltese soup called ‘Kusksu’. This dish probably originated from Malta’s Arab occupation, given the very close resemblance it has to couscous. Our take has a base of rich Prawn bisque that is cooked down with the pasta in a risotto style manner to create a perfectly creamy dish and finished with a Crudo of local red prawns to give it a fresh finish.



Prawn bisque kusksu



80g Fregola pasta

100g Prawn Bisque

50g Raw Local Prawns

20g Parmiggiano Reggiano

20g Lemon Juice

10g Pistachio

10g Extra Virgin Olive oil

5g Dill

Salt to taste



Start by cutting the prawns into small pieces and mix with half of the lemon juice, set aside for later. Add the pasta and prawn bisque to a pot and cook it over low heat until it is cooked to your liking. Make sure to top up with water during the cooking process as the pasta will absorb liquid rapidly whilst it cooks.


In the meantime, grate the cheese, chop the pistachio and pick some dill fronds. Once the pasta is cooked, add olive oil, salt, cheese and the rest of the lemon juice. Stir off heat to emulsify.


To finish off, place the pasta in a serving plate, top with the Pistachio, Dill and Red prawns. Now relax and enjoy your homecooked meal!