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Fortune cookies are an after-meal staple in Chinese restaurants across the globe, but culinary sleuthing has found that Japan is the historical birthplace of the paper-bearing treats.

Sushi bars could benefit from a dessert tray consisting of fortune cookies and sake…

A woodcut scene from 1878 is considered the clincher for establishing Japanese origin. As for how they migrated from Japanese cuisine to Chinese, by way of the American melting pot:

Early on, Chinese-owned restaurants discovered the cookies, too. Ms. Nakamachi speculates that Chinese-owned manufacturers began to take over fortune cookie production during World War II, when Japanese bakeries all over the West Coast closed as Japanese-Americans were rounded up and sent to internment camps.

Sadly, none of this shed light on the mystery that is the empty fortune cookie.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 01/16/2008 10:20:19 PM
Category: Food, History
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