Seitan, often used as a meat substitute because of its chewy texture, is made from wheat gluten.
Because a Western-style fondue pot is too small for all the broth in a Vietnamese hot pot, we recommend using an electric skillet or electric wok that can be set in the center of the table and kept at a simmer. (Electric skillets can be found for under $20 at Target, and make a great "extra burner" whenever you're cooking multiple stove top dishes for a crowd.)
This recipe was a winner in our 2008 Restaurant Poll, and is a popular sandwich at Chicago Diner in Chicago, Illinois. We were impressed by its innovative use of beet and pickle juices to turn seitan into a tangy substitute for corned beef. Can't find beet juice? Purée a 15-ounce can of beets and use it for the marinade.