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.





2 comments:

  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.

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

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