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The all-American Chinese-Japanese fortune cookie saga continues

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A fortune cookie, May 2006


Is the fortune cookie really a Japanese-American invention? Yes, reports KCET's Departures, which links the all-American cookie to the 107-year-old Fugetsu-Do confectionery in Little Tokyo.

Of course, the fortune cookie's creation myth spans the California coast, with some claims that it originated in a Japanese tea shop in San Francisco in the late 1890s or early 1900s, others that it made its debut some twenty years later in Los Angeles, the invention of a Chinese-American noodle company.

In the intervening years, Fugetsu-Do has made its own fortune selling mochi, the delicate, chewy rice cakes for which the sweet shop is best known.

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