In recent years, I’ve received many emails from people who stumbled upon my blog and wanted to learn more about managing the gluten-free diet in Shanghai/China. These people include people traveling to and/or living in China. I’m glad this blog has served its purpose (reason why I started this blog many years ago), if only I had more time to keep it updated and add more useful information. That’s the challenge of being a full-time working mom.

In any case, one popular request I get is where to buy gluten-free flours. Import stores like CityShop and Pines do carry some packaged gluten-free mix but at an exortbitant price (80-100RMB per package!). For lack of alternatives, many people bite the bullet and pay the price. I actually grind my own gluten-free flours from whole grain using a Vitamix. While the Vitamix is an expensive investment (8000+ RMB for both the wet and dry blade), the long-term cost savings of grinding your own flours is worth it for anyone planning to live in China for a few years.

For those who can’t afford to buy a Vitamix or don’t plan to stay in China for a long time, I started grinding gluten-free flours for anyone who requests them. Actually, I ask my ayi to do the grinding. You’ll need to cover the cost of the grain plus the time it takes for my ayi to grind/sift them. It’s about 20RMB per medium-sized ziplock bag. And you’ll need to pick them up from my place. (I live in Pudong in the Zhangjiang neighborhood)

Flours available:

  • brown rice flour
  • sorghum flour
  • millet flour
  • buckwheat flour

Send me your request via the Contact Me form. Include your email address, what flours and how many bags you want. I’ll get back to you regarding approximate time the flours will be ready for pick up. 

2 Comments so far »


    Karen Cuevas said

    December 10 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    I live in Beijing. Do you know where I can find gluten free flour here, or if it is possible to find almond flour anywhere here? Also, where would one find a vitamin here?


    Tute said

    March 25 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I live in the US but I get all my gluten free flours from the Asian food stores. Tapioca is available at Vietnamese stores, all sorts of rice flour comes from the Korean stores, as well as Chinese stores (used for making ha-gow). I have found sorghum and bean flours at the Indian grocery stores. Gluten free has become a big thing in the US and you can get flours at American store (Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur) for $4 and up/ lb. The Asian stores are they way to go- less than $2/lb. I was at a Polish deli today and I saw they had both potato starch and potato flour.

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