The Secret History of Fortune Cookies

Although we may associate the fortune cookie with Chinese cuisine, it is, in fact, an all-American invention. The fortune cookie we know today is said to be inspired by a similar Japanese cookie made out of miso and sesame that also featured a fortune.

David Jung, owner of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles, claimed to have invented the standard fortune cookie in 1918. Despite its popularity in America, the fortune cookie has enjoyed little success in China; Chinese consumers have generally rejected the taste and the cookie itself as being “too American.”

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