Fortune Cookies are small, crescent-shaped biscuits (or cookies) made from flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame seed oil. They usually contain a slip of paper or 'fortune', which is often a message featuring words of wisdom, aphorisms or vague prophecies.
Fortune Cookies are often served at the end of a meal in Chinese restaurants, albeit rarely in China.
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The exact origin of the fortune cookie is unclear, although various immigrant groups in California in the United States claim to have popularized them in the early 20th century, basing the recipe on a traditional Japanese cracker known as a tsujiura senbei.
One history claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, invented the cookie in 1918. Concerned about the poor he saw wandering near his shop, he created the cookie and passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie contained a strip of paper with an inspirational Bible scripture on it, written for Jung by a Presbyterian minister.
Another history claims that the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco by a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara. Hagiwara was a gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. An anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century, but later a new mayor reinstated him. Grateful to those who had stood by him during his period of hardship, Hagiwara created a cookie in 1914 that included a thank you note inside. He passed them out at the Japanese Tea Garden, and began serving them there regularly.
While both of these are entirely plausible, here at Fabulous Fortune Cookies we arrived at another possibility. It began...