Green Onion Cakes – An Edmonton Original

Green Onion Cake served with chili garlic sacue

If you are from or have been to Edmonton and visited one of our numerous summer festivals you’re bound to have tasted a green onion cake. The green onion cake is an Edmonton Summer staple, at one point there was even a petition to make it the official dish of Edmonton.

This recipe is not my own but it needs to be shared! The original green onion cake was made by Siu To at his Happy Garden restaurant in Parkallen. I’ll also include a Youtube video made by Siu To showing you how exactly how to make this delicious snack!

Green onion cakes are made in a similar way to cinnamon roll. Start by making the dough and green onion mixture. Roll out the dough, layer on the green onion mixture and roll it up tight!


The next step is to cut the roll into 8 equal pieces. Once separated you close the ends of each roll and squish between your hands while twisting in the same direction as the roll to form thick pancake. Now place the pancake between two pieces of parchment paper and flatten out a bit more.


Once placed between parchment paper the green onion cakes can be frozen or cooked right away. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium heat and place the green onion cakes in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and crispy then flip and do the same on the opposite side. Chop in halves or quarters and serve with chili garlic sauce!



  • 4 cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 cups of water (only 1 3/4 cups to start and add more to flour if needed)
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 1/3-1/4 cup vegetable oil (I typically add less than 1/4 cup of oil)
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2-3 bunches of chopped green opions


Watch the video below by Siu To to learn exactly how to make these delicious green onion cakes.

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