"The Secret Place to Buy Fortune Cookies" CHINATOWN district Tip by mydreamquest

CHINATOWN district, San Francisco: 14 reviews and 14 photos

  A Woman Making Fortune Cookies
by mydreamquest

One fun thing to do while in Chinatown is to see how a fortune cookie is actually made.

Like the Origin of the Tango in Argentina, the origin of the Fortune cookie has many theories. Some date it back to the 13th to 14th century in China, others say it was invented in Los Angeles around 1918, and then there's even a theory that a Japanese American in San Francisco invented the Fortune Cookie!!!

One thing is for certain: Fortune Cookies as we are familiar with in American Restaurants were not introduced to China until 1992!!!

The fortune cookie is a great example of how cultures reinvent themselves as depicted by the Chinese American community in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Walk about the Alleyways of Chinatown until you find Ross Alley, somewhere between Grant and Stockton and Clay and Jackson. In this lovely alleyway, where you'll hear sounds of Mah Jong played in houses, a chinese Violin, and even the percussion of a dragon dance company practicing it's moves, you will first smell and then find the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Literally, a hole in the wall, you will just see two or three workers making cookies and putting them in bags. They'll even let you sample a hot one freshly made.

Here you can purchase a bag of fortune cookies for as little as $1.00. You can buy a large bag of "flat fortune" cookies for $3.00. But I thought the process of making them was the most interesting.

This company was founded in 1962, the year of the Tiger.

Website: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/attractions/ggfortunecookie.html

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  • Written May 28, 2005
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