Chinese Onion Bread


We’ve been making Chinese Onion Bread in our kitchen for years. It’s a flatbread sold from street vendors in northern China that I read about in one of my very first Asian cookbooks, Pacific Flavours. I love the unique combinations and interesting interpretations of Asian cuisine. That cookbook forever changed what we eat in our kitchen.

Chinese Onion Bread is sometimes called scallion bread, scallion pancakes or onion pancakes. This onion bread is not made from a batter so I think pancake is technically incorrect. Regardless of the name, this is a flatbread made without yeast. A simple mixture of flour and water (but gluten free cooks know nothing about gluten free flour could be called simple).

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Chinese Onion Bread step by step

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How To Substitute Using a Gluten Free Flour Blend

I was recently inspired to recreate a gluten free version of my old Chinese Onion Bread recipe. I came across a recipe using chickpea flour and tapioca starch so I tried it. My first attempt was good but I wanted it to be a little lighter. I tried using my EGFG flour blend but experimented by adding some other flours.

The final recipe I’m posting uses my EGFG flour blend plus the addition of chickpea flour. I do most of my experimenting like this. I start with “my favourite blend” but replace some of the total flour amount with a different flour. This is an excellent way to learn how different flours affect your baking.

In my research for onion bread I found recipes using oat flour, millet flour, corn flour or masa harina. I didn’t need to try all of them to recreate my recipe gluten free but I do find it interesting to see what others are trying.

After writing my yearlong blog series on How To Use different gluten free flours I feel more confident with substitutions. Life gets easier for gluten free cooks once they know more about the flours options they have.

Let me know in the comments below if you tried this Chinese Onion bread and how it turned out.

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Chinese Onion Bread

Chinese Onion Bread is a flatbread sold from street vendors in northern China.
Author: Cinde Little
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese onion bread
Servings: 6 people


  • cups EGFG gluten free flour blend*
  • ½ cup chickpea flour**
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¾ cup boiling water


  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp minced green onion, white and green part
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ½ Tbsp sesame seeds
  • tapioca starch or sweet rice flour for dusting
  • generous amount of oil for frying


*EGFG flour blend: sweet rice flour (300g), potato starch (300g), sorghum flour (200g), millet flour (200g)
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