I used tofu and I think it would be better with meat, as the sauce has a strong flavor. I would recommend light soy sauce, not dark. DH liked it a lot more than I did, which is why it has 4 stars. Be very careful not too add too much water when cooking, as the cabbage will add quite a bit of liquid as it cooks. I ended up pouring off almost as much liquid as I added (which I will save for later) so the dish didn't get too soggy.