Menudo is a Filipino dish that is served during special occasions and fiestas, and a mainstay of local carenderias (small eateries). Menudo is popular because of its easy preparation. The tomato-based stew is also palatable to diners of all ages. Unlike the Mexican menudo made with tripe, a Filipino menudo comprises of cubed meat, liver, and hot dog (aka sawdust sausage). This dish with three types of protein in one dish was a rarity for poorer locals back in the day. In this vegan Filipino fiesta menudo, I use seitan, tofu, and vegan sausage.
For the sausage, I use my own homemade gluten-free vegan okara sausage. You can use any vegan hotdog or sausage. If you have a firm hotdog, then it can be added to the pan at the same time as the seitan. If you have a slightly softer sausage, then it should be fried and sliced separately, then added to the stew later. The seitan I use here is a product of the Philippines called Ve-G-Choplets. You can, of course, use your own seitan. To make a fully gluten-free vegan menudo, replace or omit the seitan.
I use diced tomatoes because I like the slightly tart flavour and the lumpy texture. If you prefer the sauce to be sweeter and smooth, you can use tomato sauce or tomato paste instead. To reduce the sharpness, I add a little bit of sugar during the cooking process. In my recipe, I use green chilli to add a splash of colour for extra festivity. To be kid-friendly, you can use peas or green bell pepper instead. Raisins are optional, for the extra hit of sweetness.