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Chinese Fortune Cookies

Tina Chang from Taiwan

Forturne cookies
Photo: Sandy Peters
When I came to America, I found that all the Chinese restaurants had fortune cookies, and it really surprised me. They are not really Chinese.


Among non-Chinese, fortune cookies are well-known as a kind of traditional Chinese food. This is not exactly true. Even though they seem to be very popular in America, I have never seen these cookies in restaurants in Taiwan.

I think that maybe a long time ago, they were just like snacks, and you could find them in every family; but nowadays the restaurants in Taiwan don't provide them.

When I came to America, I found that all the Chinese restaurants had fortune cookies, and it really surprised me.

Even though they are not really Chinese, when I get one, I like to eat it and read the fortune immediately. I like to read what kind of future I will have. Besides the fortunes, there are often some Chinese proverbs written on papers inside the cookies, and I especially like to read these. 

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