Japanese Okra with Bonito Flakes is the simplest way of eating okra in Japan. All you need to do is just boil, slice and serve with bonito flakes and soy sauce. Sliced okra is a bit crunchy and sticky. These are the appealing characteristics of okra.
Remove the stem end of each okra and slice crosswise into 2mm (1/16") slices. They are a bit slimy.
1. My okra was about 6cm (2⅜”) long. If okra is smaller or longer, you need less or more time to boil. The time to boil also depends on how crunchy you want them to be.
2. If you are vegetarian, omit bonito flakes and use another kind of salad dressing. Pouring just soy sauce on makes okra too bland.