Wooden rice tub (hangiri)
The wooden rice tub is specifically made for preparing sushi rice. Its basically a large cypress wood bowl called hangiri. Comes in different sizes. Fill the tub with cold water before use and let it stand for about 15 minutes.
This wood tub absorbs the moisture from out of the rice and helps give the rice a glossy texture. Wash the tub with cold water gently rubbing out the stuck rice.
Do not use dish soap and completely dry before storing it. Store in a cool dark place upside down so dust will not invade the inside.
Substitute: Use a large non-metalic mixing bowl if you don't have ones of these.
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