I'm sure all of you have been holding your breath, waiting to hear exactly what that Japanese "soup" bowl was traditionally used for!
Ready for the answer?
It's for natto - something I'm not very fond of (the flavor is fine but the smell and texture are not my cup of tea). I buy it every week for the hubster, but it's too slimy for me - a clump of fermented soybeans that you mix with soy sauce and hot mustard, stir it around till it's all stringy, pick up a glob with your chopsticks and twirl it around till the stringiness stops.
Click here to see our friend April's reaction when she tried it.
And be sure to read my surprising stomach-problem recovery story when I ate some as a last resort.
Thanks for guessing, guys! They were good ones.