Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How Are Fortune Cookies Made?

On a recent trip to San Francisco, California, my mother and I visited the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in order to learn how fortune cookies are made. For the "suggested donation" of $1, we were able to step inside the tiny space located along Ross Alley in San Francisco's Chinatown. We quickly snapped a few photos and enjoyed a piece of warm fortune cookie (sans insert - fortune or not) before being ushered out so that the next group of tourists could witness what we who only consume Chinese food rarely get to see: how fortune cookies are made.

Exterior of Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

The first thing we saw upon entering the factory - the blue flame of the cookie press

Cookies coming off of the hot press

The final step: a woman places an insert (fortune or not?) on top of the disc-shaped cookie and then folds it into the familiar shape we have come to know as the fortune cookie.


  1. The fold them by hand? Crazy!

    Did you ask her to put in a special fortune justs for you?

    So, I was also thinking that I'm curious how the cookie got started, I'd be surprised if it's not a traditional chinese dessert.

  2. HA! That is quite a tour! Very cool. Your blog makes me want Chinese.


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