History of Fortune Cookies

Today’s History Lesson : Fortune Cookies

pexels-photo-806421.jpegMuch to most American’s surprise, the fortune cookie is not a Chinese invention.

Fortune Cookies Actually Originated in California!

It is actually an American invention originating in California. The Chinese immigrant, David Jung, founded the Hong Kong Noodle Company while living in Los Angeles, 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.

Fortune cookies became common in Chinese restaurants after World War II. While not traditionally part of Chinese cuisine, American customers expected desserts. So out of necessity the fortune cookies thus offered Americans something familiar with an exotic flair while still being economical for the Chinese vendors.

Now before you ask – No family relations. Jung is a very common Sir name in Chinese. But it’s fun thought. This also is  just one of many theory’s  on how the cookie was invented -No one is really sure.

My Question : Do you like the taste? Do you think the fortunes come true ? Let me know your thoughts-  Lisa