In a small saucepan, combine the bay leaf, vinegar, sugar, hot pepper sauce, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove the bay leaf. Whisk in the toasted caraway seeds, mustard and vegetable oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the cabbage and onion in a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and toss to coat evenly. Adjust the seasonings, cover and refrigerate overnight.
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