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Q: Why do Chinese restaurants abroad give out fortune cookies?

I've never once seen a fortune cookie in China, not even in a huge supermarket. Why then are they such a standard thing in Chinese restaurants abroad?

7 years 31 weeks ago in  Food  - China

 
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The fortune cookies did not originally come from China but Japan which was then went to California where it was a hit in the Chinese restaurants.

But many also believe that it originated in the Chinatown of San Francisco

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Without arguing, there are various theories and claims to the origin of fortune cookies.  Two places in California seem to have the most credibility, on one a gentleman from Japan started them at a restaurant and were a hit with customers.  The other one was in another city, a gentleman from China introduced them to its customers.  If I recall correctly, the cities were San Francisco and LA.

But without a doubt, the so called fortune cookie was inspired from an old Japanese cookie with a paper inside.

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Originally popular,, maybe because they were free? Wheres the egg rolls here?

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I think fortune cookies could be a hit here. I already had some cheap snack that tasted just like them. Maybe they shouldn't put the fortune on the inside though.

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