A fortune cookie
A fortune cookie (fortune cookie) is a crunchy biscuit usually made from flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a piece of paper. The message inside the fortune cookie may contain a fortune telling, an aphorism, a Chinese phrase with a translation, or a string of lucky numbers. Fortune cookie is often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants. In some countries they are very popular and have become part of the general culture. The exact origin of fortune cookies is unclear. They appeared in California with the arrival of immigrants, and became famous at the beginning of the 20th century.
Fortune cookies originated in Japan, not China or America. The most common opinion is that fortune cookies originated in China, as a result of the fact that they are served in Chinese restaurants in America. However, there are no fortune cookies in real Chinese restaurants, nor is there any historical record of such a thing in China. Fortune cookies actually originated in Japan. During one of her research, Yasuko Nakamachi encountered a fortune cookie-shaped cracker called "Tsujiura Senbei" that was made by hand in a bakery near a Shinto shrine near Kyoto, Japan. This "cracker", not only looks like a fortune cookie, but also contains a prediction, "omikuji", and is traditionally sold in temples and shrines. One of the earliest historical documents containing information about this cookie is found in an 1878 picture showing an apprentice baker making them in a bakery. Destiny cookies are made from flour, sugar, vanilla and oil. The original Japanese version is made in a similar way, except that sesame is used instead of vanilla, and miso paste is used instead of butter. They are also traditionally much larger than today's versions sold in America. The custom of putting a piece of paper with a message inside them was widespread in some regions of Japan, and these messages were most often placed inside sweets. Nowadays it is no longer done.
Points of interest
In America, the first fortune cookies contained quotes from the Bible or aphorisms of Confucius, Ben Franklin, Aesop, etc. Until the 1940s, fortune cookies were known as "fortune tea cakes". Edward Lui invented the first fortune cookie folding machine , which at that time enabled the mass sale of the same. Before that, everything was done by hand. In the 1980s, Dr. Jongs�