January 16, 2008

A Riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a cookie

Haah... Not everything is made in China! :)
Some 3 billion fortune cookies are made each year, almost all in the United States. They are served in Chinese restaurants in Britain, Mexico, Italy, France and elsewhere. In India, they taste more like butter cookies.

But there is one place where fortune cookies are conspicuously absent: China.

Now a researcher in Japan believes she can explain the disconnect, which has long perplexed American tourists in China. Fortune cookies, Yasuko Nakamachi says, are almost certainly originally from Japan.
Related: Read NYT readers comments to the question: What's the most memorable fortune you've found in a fortune cookie?

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