Cut the cabbage into 4 wedges. Secure the wedges with toothpicks in about 2 places per wedge so that the leaves don't fall off. Wash and drain off the excess water from the wedges.
Heat a pan, add olive oil and garlic, and stir-fry over low heat.
Put in the cabbage wedges, and fry over medium-high heat.
Brown both sides of the wedges. Drizzle soy sauce to finish.
Transfer to serving plates, take out the toothpicks, add plenty of black pepper and enjoy.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to enjoy the flavor of spring cabbage. I've been making this for more than 10 years, whenever spring cabbage was in season. I used to use butter for this, but these days I use healthier olive oil.
This is also delicious stir-fried in butter instead of olive oil. Adjust the stir-frying time to taste!