Fortune Cookies  
  The Chinese do not have dessert after their traditional chinese dinner,rather than dessert they have fortune cookies. Fortune cookies are crunchy sugar cookies that have a strip of paper inside it with a fortune.The fortunes light up people's lives with word of success and happiness and good advice. Most popular in the U.S and exported to China and Hong Kong with fortunes in english form. The fortune cookie's history dates back mainly to California; where it is believed to have been created. It's believed the fortune cookie idea was from a Chinese man, first introduced in the Japanese Tea Garden in the Golden Gate Park in San fransisco, Ca..It's a delightful treat for after dinner, it's the Chinese's way of dessert. Most people believe it's apart of Chinese culture, but some believe it is of the Japanese and American culture, saying the cookie is similar of the sembet:a type of round rice cracker. On the other hand the Chinese believe it is more of a Chinese and American culture. Legend has it that during the 14th century they put messages into mooncakes for communication. The Chinese soldiers dressed up as monks, tried to drive away the Mongols and used the mooncake method to send messages to one another in strategizing their plans. And so this kind of use of communicating passed on and with the use of pastries. In 1918 David Jung, owner of the Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles, Ca. created it as a tasty treat and encouraged jobless men on the streets to get a job. Some think that the tasty fortune cookie was a scheme to look like he cared for the homeless men, but really he was trying to improve his business by making the cookie look like an icon of good fortune. Making fortune cookies used to be by chopsticks, but Edward Louie created a folding machine to make the cookie process easier. The Lotus Fortune Cookie Co. in San Fransisco, Ca. is owned by him and still exists to this day.  
Ingredients: 1/2 in. x 2 in. paper strips

4 egg whites

1 cup sifted, all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons white sugar

5 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

Write all kinds of fortunes you can think of, such as: success, luck, and

advice for the future on the srtips of paper.

2. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

3. Put into big bowl : flour, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Mix together with


4. Put in egg whites and salad oil and stir thoroughly. Add water and mix.

5. Pour on 6 sheets of batter on greased cookie sheet, each 1 tablespoon

spread evenly across a 3 1/2 in. circle.

6. Place on tray Bake in low heat for approximately 15 min. or until sides are

turning brown.

7. Take out cookies and on each cookie quickly place fortune strip in middle

and fold in half enclosing the fortune inside. Then grab the edges opposite

of rounded edge and pull in with your finger.

8. Let it set and cool on a tray. Repeat again with any batter left.

9. Voila!, you have your fortune cookies! Eat the delicious cookies and read the fortunes inside. And enjoy.

 By Victoria Chau


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