Foodie Fridays: Green Onion Pancakes

I grew up going to dim sum with my parents/family on a regular basis. My ABSOLUTE favourite thing to order were these green onion (scallion) pancakes (葱油饼) . They typically come in two different styles, a savoury flatbread type or a thin pancake type. I prefered the thin pancake type, they were more chewy and flavourful than the flatbread style, which were typically greasier and more bread-like. 

As usual, I used gluten free alternatives, the regular alternatives are there as well. This recipe is already vegan friendly!

This recipe yields about 3 large pancakes.


  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 3/4 cup rice flour (1 cup regular flour can be substituted instead of mixing both)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp canola oil

Dipping Sauce

    • 1 part soy sauce
    • 1 part maple syrup or honey
    • 1 part rice vinegar
    • 1/2 part sesame oil
    • sesame seeds
    • 1/4 tsp ground ginger


  1. In a small bowl, combine dipping sauce ingredients together, mix well and let sit. This will allow the ginger to “steep” and develop flavours in the sauce.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the rice flour, tapioca flour and salt together. In a large measuring cup, mix green onions, water and oil together.
  3. Creating a well in the flour, slowly pour in the water/green onion mixture while mixing. The consistency that you are looking for looks very similar to watery pancake batter. If you are using regular flour, add more water if needed and DO NOT OVERMIX. 
  4. Transfer the batter back into the measuring cup, this will make cooking them so much easier.
  5. In a large non-stick pan, medium high heat, pour batter into the centre, tilting the pan to create a thin layer. Cook pancakes until the edges start to brown, small bubbles should be popping up while it’s cooking, this is normal. Flip the pancake and cook for 2-3 minutes, it should be a nice golden brown. The texture should be a crispy edge with a chewy/gummy centre.
  6. Transfer onto a plate, cut the pancake in half, and then into strips. Serve immediate with the sauce on the side.


Let me know what you guys think in the comments!


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