A UK reader wrote to me asking where she could find haddock in Israel (if at all).
I just checked, and unfortunately haddock is not being imported to Israel at this time. I know of two fish and chips restaurants in Jerusalem -one in Mahane Yehuda and one on Ben Yehuda so I thought I would see what fish they use.
You can see that the fish they use at the Fishenchips restaurant in Mahane Yehuda are lavrak (sea bass), salmon, musht (tilapia), and denis (sea bream). Apparently they also use cod.
The Fishbar restaurant on Ben Yehuda uses cod, burie (mullet), red tuna, sole, St.Peter (tilapia), and denis (sea bream).
Regarding the Hebrew name, the dictionary says it is חמור ים- “sea donkey” but that does not seem right- I will confirm that it is the official name.
There are a few lists in the blogosphere that translate fish names from Hebrew to English, but my favorite (and the most accurate) one is Marc Gottlieb’s at culinart kosher. I have a few comments, however:
- Albacore tuna is “tuna levana” טונה לבנה and not just tuna. Skipjack tuna is “tuna behira” טונה בהירה.
- “Salmon” סלמון does not have to be Atlantic salmon- in fact, only Norwegian salmon is imported into Israel.
- “Bass” in Hebrew is spelled באס and not בס. There is a non-kosher fish called בסה “basah” which is pangasius.
I hope this helps! If I hear of haddock being imported, I will let you know. Thanks for writing in!