I don't think this tastes like cabbage. We didn't expect to love this but we did. I shouldn't be surprised since I was brought up on a sweet and peppery cabbage and noodle dish which has always been a favorite. I don't love cole slaw but I do like it and I really enjoy stuffed cabbage. I think, other people's taste is getting to me. Bottom line - people took a piece with trepidation and then took another with enthusiasm.