Did you celebrate Chinese New Year on February 8? While they are more American than Chinese, fortune cookies are a great way to celebrate the entire year. Fill them with favorable predictions for you and your friends’ futures.
Origins of the Fortune Cookie are far from Chinese. These cookies were first created in California in the early 1900s by Japanese immigrants. Chinese restaurants did not stock the cookies until World War II. China’s mooncakes are pie-like pastries that features messages imprinted on the top. In a folk tale, the cakes transported messages that overthrew Mongol rule. These are eaten during Chinese New Year, and could be ancestors of fortune cookies.
What are the best ways to make sure your fortune comes true? Here are a few popular rules around dining tables.
1) Pick a cookie that is furthest away from you and “pointing” (with its two ends) towards you.
2) You have to eat the entire cookie in order for the fortune (that came from the cookie) to come true.
3) In order for a fortune to work, you cannot tell anyone what it says.
Beyond Chinese New Year, these fortune cookies are a great way to wrap up a party. Celebrate Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries with them. Just remember: they are affected by humidity. It’s best to store these cookies in an airtight container when saving over for some good luck.
What are you waiting for? Get started fortune-telling with this recipe.