What is “cod” in Ireland?
Alaska’s treasure, for decades, was smoked Black Alaska Cod. Over time “black” disappeared and “cod” gradually became pretty much anything that wasn’t salmon.
Same with our west coast Fish and Chips. We always knew it was Ling Cod, unless the other favorite, Red Snapper, was listed as well. Now it is fish and chips, cod and chips or halibut and chips. If you ask about the cod, you will be told it is Pacific Cod, like it is something special. It isn’t. If it simply says “fish and chips” it could be any ugly bottom fish, such as we used for crab bait as kids.
So, what is “cod” in Ireland and is it anything like what you grew up with? Is there such a thing as authentic, good old-fashioned fish and chips? If so where?