I love bowls. All kinds. I'm not a plate person. This bowl is made of paper but it is coated to be soak resistant. The inside has a glossy, smooth look and feel and the underside is matte paper. 20 ounces. It is microwaveable and can be washed and rinsed out and reused in many cases. After 4 washes with soap and water, tears were noticeable around the edges and it was time to be replaced, and still, water was not soaking through. The soak resistant coating was still intact inside the bowl. What other paper bowl will give you that? I use it to keep tomoatoes, chopped veggies and fruits in the refrigerator. My son uses it for breakfast cereal. He microwaves milk using this bowl. My hubby uses it as a temporary water bowl for the cat. I use it to beat eggs for breakfast. The tips of the fork causes scratch marks at the bottom of the bowl, but no punctures. I have used a sharp knife to cut apples in this bowl, and the knife tips slid across the bottom but did not cut through. Very durable. Great product. Very versatile.