This is a good side-dish to accompany a hot Japanese-style meal with sticky white rice. It has converted many a eggplant hater into liking this underappreciated vegetable. Be sure to not use too much oil, as the eggplant does appear to absorb a lot, but then re-releases it as it heats up. The final addition of the thin bonito flakes to the hot eggplant slices makes it appear as though the bonito flakes are "dancing". An exotic touch to a simple dish.