Unwrapping the Bay Area Origins of the Fortune Cookie

8 min

What comes with the check at almost every Chinese restaurant? Fortune cookies. Like orange slices after a blood draw or apples at San Francisco's Fillmore, they're a given. But how did they come to be? Are they really Chinese? And if so, why do they serve them at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park?

Read our full web story on the origins of the fortune cookie and check out the video.

Reported by Suzie Racho.

This episode is part of the series Golden State Plate, produced in partnership with The California Report Magazine.

Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Jessica Placzek, Robert Speight, Paul Lancour and Ryan Levi. Additional support from Julie Caine, Suzie Racho, Ethan Lindsey, Pat Yollin and David Weir.

Theme music by Pat Mesiti-Miller.

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