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Molly Cule
61129.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:58 am Reply with quote

Which country invented Fortune Cookies?

F – China

The USA. It was either a Japanese man in San Fransisco or a Chinese Man in LA.

Fortune cookies are rarely served in China where a meal ends with orange slices.

Fortune cookies were first sold in China by Wonton Foods of New York and were called ‘Genuine American Fortune cookies.’

The Japanese man who claims to have invented the cookie was called Makoto Hagiwara. He was a gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park and used to hand them out with Thank you notes inside.

The Chinese man who also is credited with their invention is David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company. The story goes that in 1918 he made cookies and handed them out for free to the poor and homeless he saw by the shop. Each cookie had an inspirational Bible scripture on it.

The biggest manufacturer in USA in Wonton Foods Inc., they make 4 million cookies a day. The vice-president of the company writes the Maxims, when he started writing the fortunes were rather tired, one from 1914 said ‘Find someone as gay as you are’. He is running out of inspiration after years of writing them and is looking to recruit someone new to help.

The same numbers and fortunes are used for thousands of Wonton cookies a day, so in March 2005 110 people came 2nd in the Powerball lottery as they all used their fortune cookie numbers which had 5 of 6 numbers…22, 28, 32, 33 and 39 but not the number 42. The winning fortune all the winners read was ‘All the preparation you have done will finally be paying off.’

There is a Chinese legend about slipping messages into sweet cakes. The Chinese make cakes called Moon Cakes to celebrate the Moon Festical. One story goes that Chinese soldiers slipped messages into mooncakes to help coordinate their overthrow of Mongolian invaders. The Chinese pretended they wanted to dish out moon cakes to their friends and family to celebrate the health of their Mongolian leaders. They cunningly hid the message "Revolt on the fifteenth of the eighth moon." This uprising happened and was then came the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.

61134.  Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:07 am Reply with quote

Further to this:

Question: Which country invented noodles?

Answer: China.

A 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles unearthed in China is the earliest example ever found of one of the world's most popular foods, scientists reported today. It also suggests an Asian—not Italian—origin for the staple dish.

Full story here:


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