Divide the head of cabbage into eight parts and shred them coarsely.
Cook the sugar in a pot over low heat until caramel colored.
Add the butter and brown the cabbage in it.
If a deeper color is desired, add a little soy sauce.
Add the water, cover and steam the cabbage until very tender.
This will take about two hours.
Add the pork in one piece one hour before the cabbage is done.