Napa cabbage is a very versatile ingredient to cook with. It can be eaten raw, quickly cooked like in a stir-fry, or cooked for a long time in a rich stew. Like tofu, Napa cabbage absorbs the flavors of the foods around it. That’s why a lot of Chinese people like to add Napa cabbage in their soups or cook in a hot pot. The tender sweetness of Napa cabbage will bring sweetness to your soup. You can also eat it raw in salads and it’s often added to quick-cooking stir-fries and steamed food. It can also be used as an edible kitchen "tool." If you are using a bamboo steamer, line the steamer with Napa cabbage leaves to help prevent the food from sticking to the steamer's bottom.