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Fortune Cookies at a Mexican Restaurant?

In a recent post, AliCanary shared that she and her sweetheart went out on a "cheap date" for Mexican food. I agree that Mexican restaurants usually give the best value food for the dollar.

I was surprised to read (not from Ali) from bestwriter that on a trip to the United States she received a fortune cookie from a Mexican restaurant. I asked the question, of course.

I have seen them always at Chinese-type restaurants and buffets, and many of the teriyaki shops that have sprung up over the last couple of decades. I have also seen them at a Korean and a Filipino restaurant. It was very odd that the last two did this, but they, as well as what is touted as "Chinese" or "teriyaki," cater to what many Americans have come to expect.

I would even go as far to say that I believe most Americans have no clue what "authentic" cultural foods truly are. I am happy that I have been open-minded enough to learn the difference, by asking the questions. When I travel, I do not eat in restaurants catering to tourists, nor do I ever want to be seen as the "typical American," but that is for a different story.

Given the places I have grown up and lived, I have eaten regularly in Mexican restaurants across this nation, including Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. I have eaten in American-style Mexican restaurant chains, and in restaurants that cater to the Hispanic population, high end and taquerias. I have also eaten Mexican food in Mexico.

I shop in the grocery stores that serve the same population for most of my ingredients, as I cook both American-adapted with Mexican flavor (as with the Chicken Enchilada Pie ), as well as the authentic. Me gusta la comida mexicana! (Translation: I like Mexican food!)

For nearly 60 years, I have eaten this ethnic food from taco trucks to four-star hotels, and I can say that I have never, ever seen a fortune cookie served at a Mexican restaurant anywhere.

I would not eat them anyway, as they are no more "Chinese" than they are "Mexican."

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lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:06 AM

I also have been blessed to experience different cultures and the food that comes with. I too found it odd that there were fortune cookies in a Mexican restaurant.

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:10 AM

Oh no!!! Me and my big mouth. Ouch!!! Everything is copied by everyone these days and so may be fortune cookies came from China but Mexican restaurants have them. The link I am posting here is an old one - year 2008

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:11 AM

I think the fortune cookie in America has simply become a fun novelty to hand out at the end of the meal. They can be ordered bulk by anyone from a couple of places that I have come across

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:26 AM

There you are!! I bought a heap and took them back home.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:38 AM

lexiconlover As bestwriter has shared below, this is something that has now come into, at least, a few Mexican restaurants. Definitely a wise business move on the part of these innovators. They are definitely not the same "fortune cookie" with which most of us are familiar, the pale, pasty, flavorless "cookie" that are generally stale. The article shared talks of a cinnamon-spiced taco-shaped version--"dicho"-- that has much more appeal than the "fortune cookie."

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:40 AM

No "ouch" intended! emoticon :winking: I had never heard of them, so I appreciate the education here. These are VERY different than what most of us know as "fortune cookies." Thanks for sharing!

lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:41 AM

It didn't really surprise me. The food fusion us popular across the board. And its really no different than the Chinese buffets here having pizza. Lol. Thanks for the new info guys!

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:41 AM

But what I tasted was also tasteless with some fortune strip inside. We had to crack it open.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:41 AM

It would be interesting to know what was passed out at the restaurant she visited. I find this fascinating.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:47 AM

bestwriter I am not discrediting your experience, I believe you. I'm simply surprised and my experience is not the same as yours.

I would be interesed in knowing the state, the restaurant, the style of cookie. This is like a research project for me now, as i am interested in how cultures meld. It would be just as surprising to me if you told me that they were serving Indian-style masoor dal, raita and pakoras at a traditional sushi bar in Japan.

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CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:52 AM

Yes, those are not quite the same thing as what they show in the link you sent. Very different, but based on the same concept. Interestingly, "fortune cookies" as most people know them did not originate in China. There is some history to suggest that the Japanese have a version that goes back centuries, as I understand it. The FC that Americans have come to know was actually from San Francisco bakery. It's interesting how things like evolve. Take sushi and espresso. I've eaten and drunk each in their respective countries of origin. What is typically served as such by the same name here in American is merely a resemblance to its Japanese and Italian cousins.

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:53 AM

I think it was in Fort Collins, Denver. I had gone around so much that I could be wrong. But as Wolfgirl569 says it has become a norm to dish out fourtune cookies at every restaurant.

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:56 AM

You can say that again. For all you know it may have originated in India what with fortune telling being so rampant everywhere emoticon :grin:

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:57 AM

Well, I'd hardly call it a "norm," as it's generally done for American-Chinese and -teriyaki, but I understand what you are trying to say.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:59 AM

lexiconlover Provided for the kids who won't eat veggies, no doubt! LOL
I will give up when Taco Bell, McDonalds, and Jack in the Box start handing out the fortune cookies though. LOL

lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:11 AM

Oh no! Haha. The thought of TB handing out fortune cookies is funny. Sonic gives you mints when you go through the drive thru or drive in, which I guess is kind of the same.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:22 AM

I don't think that's the same. Mints make sense. Now you have minty onion breath from the onions on the Sonic burger.
Or minty breath to mask the alcohol from the margaritas at the Mexican restaurant, which is usually what I find served at the end.

lexiconlover wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:24 AM

That's true! I remember when I was growing up and we'd go to Olive Garden, I loved the little Andes mints that you got with your check.

deafdiva wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:14 PM

oh I like fortune cookies! It's fun to see what forune I get!

Kasman wrote on July 11, 2015, 4:34 PM

'Ethnic Foods' when transplanted from their native lands quickly become diluted, mixed and altered with whatever the local cuisine is. I know that the Italian food available in Italian restaurants in the UK doesn't compare well to that found in Italy and neither does the Indian food served in our British restaurants. Like many foods fortune cookies have hijacked to suit commercial interests thus they appear different in different places.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 11, 2015, 4:48 PM

I was waiting for you to note that Fortune Cookies are not actually a Chinese 'invention.' They were dreamed up here in the US as I understand it. I was fortunate enough to share an apartment with a fellow soldier whose mother was Mexican and he taught me the difference between what Americans think is Mexican and what Mexican food really is. We are also fortunate enough to have a large Mexican and Hispanic congregation at my church and when we do pot luck dinners we treat them to authentic Southern cooking and they treat us to authentic Mexican cooking.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 6:12 PM

DWDavisRSL I did, in the comment section that ensued. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 6:13 PM

Kasman Exactly. It's all about the money, making a living, giving the customer what they want.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 6:14 PM

&AbbyG I loved Hawaii. And Japan. And Guam.

Now I want to go visit to eat.

CoralLevang wrote on July 12, 2015, 1:00 PM

deafdiva Aye, that it is! I usually look at the fortune and waste the "cookie." I think they are disgusting.

AliCanary wrote on July 12, 2015, 10:13 PM

You are well-traveled and well-fed! My husband told me that fortune cookies have no place in "authentic" Chinese cuisine, having been invented not in China, but in San Francisco. However, if they were invented by Chinese people, I don't care where they lived. I think fortune cookies are good fun!

AliCanary wrote on July 12, 2015, 10:18 PM

Ahhhh, here I go, leaving my comment before moving on to read the others. Oh well, it's not like the factoid about San Francisco was a big secret!

Shellyann36 wrote on July 12, 2015, 11:33 PM

I love Mexican food. We have one true Mexican restaurant in our town. IT is named Oxacana after the area in Mexico that the owners hail from. It is a small trailer with only outdoor seating but the place is always packed.

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:56 AM

Again, there is some evidence to suggest that in Japan, centuries ago, there was a sweet that did the same thing.
But true about SF. I mentioned it all in part of this thread.

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:56 AM

And obviously, I read down and comment before seeing this one. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:57 AM

I, too, love Mexican food.

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:58 AM


Did you just call me fat and say that I am a girl that "gets around"???? Why,... I NEVER!! emoticon :tongue:

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 10:13 PM

I have had Mexican food here on the East Coast and out West. It is much different out West in my opinion.