A Fortune Cookie Dispute


I originally started writing an entry about fortune cookies. I enjoy the taste of the vanilla cookie after a meal, but really don’t pay attention to the little white piece paper. In fact, most of the time, I just throw it on my plate while enjoying the first bite of the cookie. However, I am very curious as to the origins of the fortune cookie. I had some friends tell me before, but you know when you go on a journey to the discover the truth for yourself, it actually penetrates more so then just hear say.

In part two, I blogged about what I found to be interesting. It was the Japanese who claims to have introduced the fortune cookie in America. The theory goes that the bakers were modifying a cookie design that they were aware of from their days in Japan. This cookie design would be the tsuilura senbei.

Well today’s article is going to give you a chuckle, it sure did me!!

Digging even more, and I uncovered a dispute that happened over the origins of the fortune cookie in the United States. There has been many claims as to how the fortune cookie got into America.

It is reported that the cookie was first served in San Francisco at the Japanese Tea Garden and was made by the San Francisco bakery. Another claim was by the Hong Kong Noodle Company stated that they invented the cookie in 1918. While the founder of Fugetsu-do of Little Tokyo claims he invented the fortune cookie. He says the idea came to put message into the cookie was from omikuji, which is sold at Buddha temples in Japan. According to his story, he sold the cookies to the Chinese restaurants, and that was his main claim was being so widely associated with the Chinese restaurants.

This dispute was put to an end in 1983 when the origins of the fortune cookie went before Court of Historical Review and Appeal, which is a mock trial to decide questions about the historical curiosity.

The most notable case they ever done was to determine the origin of the fortune cookie. They determined that the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco and not in Los Angeles.

Oh, it is worthy to mention that during the mock trial, a fortune cookie was entered into evidence. The fortune read, “S.F. Judge who rules for L.A. Not Very Smart Cookie

Other notable verdicts from the Court of Historical Review and Appeal was:

  • 1987, Chicken soup deserves its reputation as “Jewish penicillin.”
  • 1993,  that Elivs Presley was in fact, really dead!

I sure hope you have enjoy our trip back into history….

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