On medium heat, add olive oil, add the onions, ginger and the garlic. Allow them to saute for about 1 minute.
Add the chopped beef and stir together. Allow to cook and to turn brown a little bit for about 2 minutes.
Add the soy sauce and stir everything together.
Add the chopped tomatoes and carrots, cover, and allow to cook for another 2 minutes.
At this juncture, add the herbs: thyme, basil, oregano, bay leaves. Add the black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne pepper and paprika. (You can also use herbs and pepper of your choice).
Add the salt too at this point. Add the chicken broth and add the shredded cabbage. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes.
Finally, add the water, reduce the heat, cover, and allow to cook for about ten minutes.
Check for salt and if you feel the salt is not enough, more can be added. (More water can also be added if the need arises)
Remove and allow to cool