One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chewy protein-rich food made from wheat gluten, used in cooking as a meat substitute.
- ‘As if shellfish wasn't an odd enough core ingredient for jerky, two West Virginia guys decided to remove the meat altogether and replace it with bases of soy, seitan and shiitake mushrooms.’
- ‘Many interesting meat substitutes are available, including seitan, a popular meat alternative in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking.’
Perhaps from Japanese shokubutsusei tanpaku ‘vegetable protein’.
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