Sushi Translation

Translate these Japanese food items to their common English equivalents.
(Not just sushi)
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Last updated: December 10, 2021
First submittedSeptember 29, 2013
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Japanese
English
Unagi
Eel (Freshwater)
Ebi
Shrimp
Edamame
Soybean
Sake (fish)
Salmon
Nori
Seaweed
Maguro
Tuna
Tamago
Omelette
Japanese
English
Kappa maki
Cucumber roll
Toro
Fatty tuna
Hamachi
Yellowtail
Saba
Mackerel
Ika
Squid
Hamaguri
Clam
Hotate
Scallop
Japanese
English
Tako
Octopus
Uni
Sea Urchin
Ikura
Salmon roe
Tobiko
Flying fish eggs
Fugu
Puffer fish
Kani
Crab
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Level 83
Nov 25, 2013
Tried cucumber, roll, handroll, sushi roll, but not cucumber roll. Anyway, now I'm Level 50. How much is my account worth on eBay?
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Level 67
Jan 17, 2019
you can be 50 in two weeks, not much of an achievement
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
I wasn't trying to boast I was trying to sell out. What about level 83?
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Level 55
Dec 27, 2021
ive had my account for two years and just got 50 D:
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Level 88
Dec 15, 2021
Wait, these things are worth money? And I thought it was just for completely anonymous self-congratulation.
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Level 69
Dec 27, 2021
I tried goblin, troll, monster, turtle and tortoise, but to no avail. :/
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Level 45
Nov 25, 2013
blowfish should work for fugu, sake should be SMOKED salmon -- not just salmon
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Level 83
Nov 26, 2013
I tried blowfish first as well though eventually did get pufferfish.
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Level ∞
Nov 26, 2013
Sake is salmon, smoked or fresh. Where did you learn otherwise? But smoked salmon will work now. Blowfish will work as well.
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Level 45
Dec 2, 2013
Thanks for the updates. I was lectured about the varieties of salmon until I blushed at a sushi place in downtown LA when I ordered sake and was given smoked salmon when I thought it would be fresh. When I asked the chef about it I received the described lecture. This was almost 30 years ago and I have NEVER seated myself at the counter of a sushi restaurant again.
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2013
Haha. Sounds like an intense sushi place. Did they expect their patrons to know Japanese?
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2015
It does *not* mean smoked salmon as opposed to regular salmon. @rabidreader, your LA sushi place was wrong (not to mention rude and pretentious). No one deserves a lecture about such a thing and I'm sorry to hear that they ruined counter sushi for you -- counter sushi places in Japan are either quick and easy or very sweet and jovial (or both). Speaking as a former Japan resident and Japanese speaker, I've never heard sake used for anything other than just "salmon." Ordering sake nigiri at a sushi joint in Tokyo will get you a wee cut of raw salmon on handpressed rice. Ordering sake tataki will get you seared salmon with ponzu sauce. And so on.
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Level 66
Dec 16, 2020
I've only spent a few weeks in Japan, but that has also been my experience. Also: I've never seen smoked salmon on sushi. Seems a bit weird.
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Level 74
Nov 25, 2013
I only knew two, but I got eight more just by guessing common fish and shellfish
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Level 71
Nov 25, 2013
I'm so used to using the Japanese name for all these.
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Level 33
Nov 27, 2013
Sorry i didn't realise the quiz maker was a bigoted American so i just put prawn. Didn't realise we had to use American terms and put shrimp.
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Level 28
Apr 20, 2014
"I need an excuse as to why I couldn't pass this quiz so I'll insult the quizmaker for using a common term in their language to appear smart."
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Level 65
Nov 30, 2013
Got the deadly fugu at least. Thanks Simpsons!
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Level 50
Dec 3, 2013
same for me
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Level 34
Apr 28, 2014
"Take" doesn't stand alone as mushroom. If you say "take" it means bamboo. Mushrooms are called " Kinoko". Please fix it or remove it from the list.
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Level 37
Jun 4, 2014
Agreed. I must have tried eight different ways of putting bamboo or bamboo shoots.
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Level 69
Jul 24, 2016
I was also confused about this. I also tried typing roe for ikura and instead got something else. :S
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Level 79
Jun 12, 2014
Any chance accepting kelp for seaweed?
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Level 92
Nov 9, 2014
nori is not kelp. kelp is a type of seaweed. nori is a different type of seaweed.
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Level 92
Nov 9, 2014
This quiz should not be called "sushi". Contrary to what most westerners (americans especially) think, sushi does not mean or refer to raw fish - it refers to the vinegared rice (the rice is prepared with a syrup of sugar and rice vinegar - that's what makes it stick together). this is a list of names of fish, and a few other ingredients in japanese.
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Level 66
Dec 16, 2020
Ingredients which happen to be commonly found on... sushi rice!
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Level 81
Dec 15, 2014
I tried to guess "calamari", typed it wrong and got "clam" :) - Did guess "squid", but wasn't aware octopuss was a different food.
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Level 76
Jan 3, 2015
9 years living in Japan meant I had no problems with this quiz. Loved the izakaya over there.
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Level 50
Apr 21, 2015
Started cracking up when I tried to type 'mushroom' and it came out 'mushrooom'. MushROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
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Level 67
May 8, 2015
20/21. Missed Hamachi because I don't even know what a yellowtail is in English. Conversationally fluent in Japanese through studies and working abroad.
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Level 81
Sep 6, 2016
As a general rule, can we just allow prawn for any shrimp answer on this site? Obviously it's a US site, so shrimp should be the answer that's displayed, but for those of us outside North America it would be a much appreciated gesture. Forget what Paul Hogan told you, no Australian has ever thrown a 'shrimp' on a barbie.
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Level ∞
Jan 27, 2017
My life is a lie!
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Level 44
Jan 26, 2017
I agree with all the the above to accept prawn. Ebi in Japanese means both shrimp AND prawn, there's no difference.

...also, easy stuff, except for take (because I have never heard mushroom called that, take means bamboo among other non-food things, and I have often seen bamboo shoots available in sushi restaurants). Sushi lover combined with several years of studying Japanese!

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Level ∞
Jan 27, 2017
Prawn will work now. You are correct. Despite popular misconceptions, there is no difference between "prawn" and "shrimp".
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Level 50
Sep 15, 2020
I'd always thought that prawns were the big ones and shrimp the little ones, but admittedly I'm not a marine biologist! It is true to say though that the English word that's generally used in prawn, whereas the more common term in American seems to be shrimp.
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Level 70
Dec 27, 2021
You are 100% wrong that tehere is no difference between a prawn and a shrimp . Yes, they look similar and both have 10 feet. But that does not make them the same thing. Shrimp live in saltwater whereas Prawns live in fresh or brackish water. They also have differing body structures. SHrimps 2nd shell segement is entirely on the outside. In otherwords, it overlaps on TOP of 1st segment and 3rd segment. In a prawn, the segments overlap the next one and and so on the top of segment 2 rests UNDER the tail end of 1st segment. Additionally, prawns have 3 claws on their legs as opposed to 2 that shrimp have. FOr someone who wants to be as accurate as possible, you need to ensure you research before stating "despite popular misconception, there is no difference"
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2021
Sorry, but no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prawn

"The terms shrimp and prawn themselves lack scientific standing. Over the years, the way they are used has changed, and in contemporary usage the terms are almost interchangeable. "

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Level 70
Dec 30, 2021
really? you are quoting wikipedia? we all know how accurate that always is. I used wikipedia and found Kinsasha as the largest city in Africa yet you vehemently argued against that, even though you were using urban areas and not citysize. Want to learn what the difference between shrimp and prawns are? Here is a link, just as credible as wikipedia

https://www.southernliving.com/food/seafood/difference-between-shrimp-prawns

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Level 59
Jan 30, 2017
Who here owes the unagi answer to Phoebe and Rachel in Friends?
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Level 73
Dec 11, 2021
"Yes it is, it's freshwater eel!"
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Level 75
Dec 12, 2021
I tried 'a total state of awareness' and it wasn't accepted
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2018
Toro should also accept marbled tuna
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Level 53
May 4, 2021
thanks sm64 for teaching me unagi
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Level 83
Dec 10, 2021
"edamame" is an English word now. It's used in American grocery stores, and it's in the OED.
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Level 78
Dec 10, 2021
Recommend the yellow boxes, I got a bunch just by guessing sushi items.
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Level 92
Dec 10, 2021
Just to pick a nit, this quiz would be better named as Japanese Food Translations (as per the quiz description), because none of these items are necessarily "sushi" except for Kappa Maki. Sushi refers specifically to the vinegar-rice preparation used to make nigiri, maki, etc. The literal translation of sushi is "sour rice."
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Level 74
Dec 11, 2021
interesting - "roe" got me flying fish eggs, but not salmon roe.
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Level 78
Dec 11, 2021
That threw me off as well. I'd have thought that if it were to be allowed as a substitute, it would be for salmon roe, given that the word is actually in the answer. After roe revealed flying fish eggs, I assumed that there wouldn't be another.
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
I find plain saba to be decadent. That's why I only ever order Hijiri saba.