from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A cookie made from a thin layer of dough folded and baked around a slip of paper bearing a prediction of fortune or a maxim.
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- n. A type of hollow snack, common in westernized Chinese food, containing a message on a narrow strip of paper, generally with a wise or vaguely prophetic message printed on the paper.
- n. A quote-of-the-day feature (especially on *nix systems.)
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- n. thin folded wafer containing a maxim on a slip of paper
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“For Asian Americans, the fortune and the fortune cookie can be a little bit of an embarrassing stereotype—that there is this stupefying thing,” says Peter Kwong, the Asian-American-studies professor.
In 2008, the fortune cookie turned ninety: See Reyhan Harmanci, “‘Killing of a Chinese Cookie’: Finding Fortune,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 20, 2008; and Vincent Cheng, “A Four-Legged Duck?”
In 2008, the fortune cookie turned ninety—that is, if you believe that Cantonese immigrant David Jung started distributing message-filled cookies outside his Los Angeles noodle company in 1918.
Why do you always tell people that I met your father in the Cathay House, that I broke open a fortune cookie and it said I would marry a dark, handsome stranger, and that when I looked up, there he was, the waiter, your father.
Approximately forty other fortune cookie factories: See Jeremy Olshan, “Cookie Master,” New Yorker, June 6, 2005, p.
That evening An-mei and I went to work and searched through strips of fortune cookie papers, trying to find the right instructions to give to your father.
What you see in the fortune cookie factory today is not like twenty years ago, Derrick Wong says.
There are no other big fortune cookie manufacturers on the East Coast; Golden Dragon in Chicago and Peking Noodle in Los Angeles may come closer to Wonton Food in production capacity than the traditional mom-and-pop shops do, but Wong brushes off the suggestion that the two operations might be his competitors.
More recent academic scholarship shows the fortune cookie in Japan, where one Japanese graduate student traced early mentions of tsujiura senbei—“fortune crackers”—to an 1878 book of stories.
In fact, when Wonton Food opened the first fortune cookie factory in China in 1994, it promptly closed.