This strainer is especially made for making miso soup. The basket is deep and just large enough for a few dollops of miso. The mesh is semi-coarse, to allow many of the small flavourful solids in the miso to pass through, while keeping out some of the larger bits of koji rice. The strainer comes with a wooden pestle which is used to incorporate the miso into the dashi broth. This is the must tool to make miso soup!