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Chinese Sesame-Scallion Bread

4 Servings

2 hours 30 minutes active

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This bread, known as zhima dabing—which translates as “large sesame pancake”—is similar to Chinese scallion pancakes, but is larger, thicker and has a lighter, fluffier crumb. The addition of sweet (also called glutinous) rice flour gives the crust a unique crispness and the interior a satisfying chew. If you can't find sweet rice flour with the baking ingredients, check the Asian aisle for a white box labeled “mochiko,” the Japanese term for the flour. Chop the scallions by thinly slicing them first, then running the knife over them a few times to further break them down. To keep the scallions fresh, prep them toward the end of the dough's one-hour rising time.




Don't use regular rice flour in place of the sweet rice flour, as it won't produce the same texture. Don't use pretoasted sesame seeds, as the seeds brown deeply as the bread cooks; already toasted seeds may end up scorched and bitter. Don't worry if some scallions are exposed on the surface of the dough as you flatten it into a round; this is normal.

2 hours

30 minutes active


  • 217

    grams (1⅔ cups) all-purpose flour, plus more if needed

  • 40

    grams (¼ cup) sweet (glutinous) rice flour


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Anita K.
December 2, 2023
Delicious treat
Didn’t have the glutinous rice flour so used potato starch. Worked out fine!
Katherine A.
July 9, 2023
Try it with garlic scapes
This is a great recipe, but in all honesty, I have never exactly made it as written. I used garlic scapes from my garden instead of scallions the first time and loved it so much that I have never made it with scallions, though I’m sure it would be delightful as well. The only issue I sometimes have is trying to get the coils of dough to stay together when baking. It sometimes pulls apart, but that’s not a huge deal for me.
Judith S.
February 23, 2023
Love it!
Cooked one minute more on each side and it was just done. Maybe use some Maldon for the last 1/2 t of salt? Or some soy sauce powder?
Judith S.
April 3, 2023
Easier than the pancake version and just as craveable. Made with Mochiko.
Deirdre C.

I found that cooking the bread on the stove top left it too moist. I brown it in the skillet and then place it in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the inside temperature reaches 200 degrees.

Nicole M.

I was going to make the same comment. I've made this bread about 4 times before, trying different stovetop heats and burners, and it never worked to my liking. Either it was cooked through and a bit burned on the outside, or a nice caramel brown and slightly raw in the inside. I did mine at 375 for 30 and it was perfect.

Kristine M.

This was wonderful (and easy)! On my electric cooktop (we work with what we have), it took 10 to 12 minutes on the first side and 5 or so on the second. Will definitely make this again!

Shiori H.

I really enjoyed making this. Delicious! The crust was crispy, the crumb was chewy (approaching mochi in texture), and the scallions and sesame gave it a wonderful aroma.