DO YOU KNOW THE ORIGIN OF FORTUNE COOKIES?
Also known as “Chinese cookies” or “lucky cookies”, fortune cookies are those confections in which a “secret” is inserted: a prediction, a maxim, sometimes humorous. Fortune cookies are one of the essentials that we like to serve with a good hot tea, especially as the Chinese New Year approaches. Where do they come from ? The answer is much less obvious than it seems!
Not everyone agrees on the exact origin of fortune cookies, but what is certain is that they do not come from China. It is rumored that they stem from an invention by David Jung, a Chinese immigrant who settled in Los Angeles shortly before the 1920s. The man would have liked to distribute a small candy free of charge to the poor who wandered near his workshop.
Others claim that the first fortune cookies were first served in a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco in 1914, or even in the late 19th century. Finally, some are convinced that it was a Japanese immigrant, Seiichi Kito, who launched the concept by writing inspiring messages to introduce them into cookies offered at the restaurant.
In the 1950s, Chinese bakeries were already making these little cakes en masse, the production of which was simplified by the arrival of automatons. Indeed, the founder of the Lotus Fortune bakery, Edward Louie, has developed a machine capable of quickly producing these sweets by the hundreds.
Today, three billion fortune cookies are consumed around the world every year. They are very widespread in America, where the art of preparing them is cultivated with respect for a specific tradition.