After visiting China last year, I discovered that Chinese food in Australia is nothing like the genuine thing. It's no surprise then, that Chinese food here in the U.S. is the same, however, there is one slight difference to the Chinese restaurants I have been to back home.
You see it on tv and in movies all the time. The Simpsons have an episode based around them. I've even seen them in supermarkets in Australia, but sadly the fortune cookie at Chinese restaurants is yet to take off. The closest thing we have is getting a paper party hat and a bad joke in a Bon Bon at Christmas time.
Here in the States, getting a fortune cookie with your Chinese food is pretty standard. I've never cracked open a fortune cookie so I didn't know what to expect.
Fortune cookies come with a lot of superstitions. Don't open your fortune cookie before you finish your meal. Don't eat your fortune cookie before you read your fortune. Don't open more than one fortune cookie. Unfortunately, I opened three fortune cookies before my dessert arrived and ate one before reading it.
So what's inside? Well on one side you get your standard cryptic or metaphorical fortune that anyone looking for inspiration could apply to any situation.
On the other side, I have a feeling that fortune cookie manufacturing companies could have gotten together with lottery companies. The fortune cookie gives you your lucky numbers which just happens to be the same amount of numbers as the lottery. I have to admit, after seeing the numbers I did, for just a moment, ponder putting them to the test in the lottery. But then I'd just be another sucker.