Being in AMWF relationship has surely many advantages. I mean his clothes fits you and probably he’s a ‘keeper’. But when it goes to dining out…
Last week we’ve been to SF’s Chinatown, dine in great Chinese restaurant. Two white guys next to me got their fortune cookies. I smiled to my husband with the ‘dessert-smile’ a.k.a. creepy sugar-wanting face, finished my food and waited for my cookie. We went out and 10 minutes later I’ve realized I didn’t get my cookie. If I wasn’t so lazy I might even went back. Yup, your man defines you. But what’s the whole thing with fortune cookies?
“True story about fortune cookies—they look Chinese, they sound Chinese. But they’re actually an American invention, which is why they’re hollow, full of lies and leave a bad taste in the mouth.”
What really surprises American people going to China or Hong Kong is that they don’t serve you one at the end. Maybe because a lot of them don’t even know what’s that. It’s not a Chinese thing, doh – it’s not even truely American. Fortune cookie is based on Japanese recipe.
“Introduced by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese, but ultimately … consumed by Americans.”
Maybe I wouldn’t be so into the fortune-cookie thing if we didn’t have one of the biggest factory quite close to use. Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company was established in 1962, they make traditional fortune cookies, as well as chocolate flavored fortune cookies, almond cookies, and other sweets. Visitors can observe workers using motorized circular to create fortune cookies, which they sell for $3 a bag. The company also makes fortuneless cookies. I guess jokes ‘Help! I’m trapped in a Chinese fortune cookie factory‘ might not be so funny there.
Flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame seed oil. Could it really suit Asian taste? I’ve done a tiny research and that’s what Chinese people think of fortune cookies:
- ‘New, but tasty – great experience traveling to America’
- ‘It was my first time to America, I went with my friend to eat Chinese food and got a cookie. I didn’t know there’s a thing inside so I ate it. My thought was ‘Wow, what a bad quality, they even have a piece of paper inside’ and American guy next to us asked me with shocked face ‘Why you eat it like that? It’s fortune cookie, invented by you! You don’t have it in China?’. Not the best experience.
- My husband’s opinion – ‘First time I’ve seen it was in Freaky Friday movie. For me it has no taste, if I eat it it’s because of the fortune inside, not because of the taste’
- ‘First time I saw it I thought it’s fried wonton with lotto-ticket inside’
- ‘Whenever we go to America we buy a whole bag of fortune cookies for our Taiwanese family and friends as a souvenir. How ironic is that?’
Does it suit my taste? Nope, it’s not a kind of the dessert I like. Besides I love the way Chinese people separate dessert from the main meal, they have their own dessert place, not like most ‘white’ places: appetizer, main course, dessert. Cannot fit all of that into my stomach at one meal. For Chinese restaurants ‘dessert menu card’ doesn’t really exist. You eat, hang around then get some boba milk tea and pineapple bun.
Have you ever tried a fortune cookie? Did you like it? Any memorable fortune waiting for you? Share your experience and feelings about American-Japanese-Chinese child of desserts.