Since I was very young, I’ve seen fortune cookies in so many movies. And with a very active Chinatown in Manila, which my family has frequented for as long as I can remember, I wondered why I never experienced having fortune cookies served with my meals. Then, I read Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club” and discovered that fortune cookies aren’t really Chinese. Rather, they were an Asian American invention. And they were originally a Japanese confection. Right — all this time, I saw fortune cookies in American movies, not in Chinese films.
The fortune cookies in the photo were bought at Gourdo’s. Something like 80 pesos for a box of fourteen. The fortune in the cookie I opened last night? Well, I’m more intrigued by the numbers than the text. I think I’ll use those numbers as a Lotto combination.