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It’s what’s on the inside that counts

April 23, 2010

A few days before moving to Korea, I got a fortune cookie predicting that I would “soon receive a great reward.”

Now, the only “reward” I got in Korea was a monthly paycheck (and, you know, the joy of educating children) but that doesn’t mean I don’t still crack open a fortune cookie after polishing off a bowl of lo mein and hope to get a nice message inside.

Please let it say I’m going to discover that a wealthy European relative has left his fortune to me, or that Travel Channel will soon come calling, or that mint chocolate chip ice cream has appeared in the freezer.


Well, I guess if you have a happy outlook on life, you’re naturally more happy. And the same is true in reverse.

Still, not exactly what I was looking for.

Maybe we should all make our own fortune cookies. The recipe is so deceptively easy (3 egg whites, 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1.5 oz unsalted butter, 1/2 cup flour) but somehow I don’t think it will turn out quite up to Chinese restaurant standards. Some things are better left to the experts. 

Have you ever gotten a memorable fortune? And, eat the cookie or throw it away? I actually like the taste of fortune cookies. We have a bunch leftover from dinner last week that I’ve been slowly eating my way through.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2010 1:06 pm

    I love fortune cookies, but I’ve never had one that was very profound. I always eat the cookie. You have to eat it BEFORE you read the fortune or else it doesn’t count. That’s what I’ve always heard.

  2. Shari permalink
    April 23, 2010 1:10 pm

    I LOVE fortune cookies (okay, that may be partially due to my book, but still)! I think the most amusing one I ever got mentioned something about athletic prowess, which I just had to save because it was SO FAR off base. I’ve gotten a lot like yours, too, about happiness/dreams/etc. I love them! 🙂

  3. April 23, 2010 1:37 pm

    I have found that they taste alright, but my stomach can’t handle the Chinese food that comes before them! So I don’t ever eat them.

    I have a fortune taped to my desk that reads “your whole family is well.” I like looking at it in times of uncertainty.

  4. April 23, 2010 2:21 pm

    I don’t keep the fortunes but always get a kick out of reading them!

  5. April 23, 2010 5:56 pm

    I keep looking for that fortune cooking telling me a distant relative has left me a large sum of money too! Wouldn’t that just be great! But the fortune you got was a good one! 😉

  6. Gretchen permalink
    April 23, 2010 7:06 pm

    I don’t eat the cookies, but I once got a fortune that said, “Bury your unworkable dreams. Or they will surely bury you.” I read it and immediately said, “That’s not a fortune! That’s pessimism in a cookie!” because really now, how depressing.

  7. April 23, 2010 11:02 pm

    I don’t really like Chinese food but I love fortune cookies and the fortunes (Duh Caronae). I think they’re just neat little momentary philosophical tidbits, ya know? Sometimes I save them if I think they’re extra special. I really like the one you got! It speaks to me, I guess 🙂

    Happy weekend!

  8. April 24, 2010 6:42 am

    Some of my most memorable fortunes are the ones that are mildly insulting 🙂

    • April 24, 2010 7:07 am


      My sister got one that ordered her to spend more time with family, which was pretty appropriate. 😉

  9. April 24, 2010 9:45 am

    I think I got the same exact fortune once haha. Didn’t fully get it to be honest. I’d love to make my own fortune cookies.

    So about that youtube video you sent me- if I had thought of that first I totally would’ve done it haha

  10. Susan permalink
    April 24, 2010 5:19 pm

    Fortune cookies make me so mad because they are never “fortunes” haha! I guess I should get over it.

  11. Lynn permalink
    April 24, 2010 9:29 pm

    I once broke open four cookies in a row (at a Chinese place in California) and found ZERO fortunes inside. I found that rather disturbing! lol

  12. April 24, 2010 9:43 pm

    We save our good fortunes. My husband even insists he knows which fortune goes to which person depending on how they were placed on the table… we have a lot of inside jokes about fortune cookies.

  13. April 26, 2010 11:25 pm

    Oh I ALWAYS eat the cookie!

  14. angi permalink
    May 3, 2010 2:19 am

    I tried making fortune cookies with one of my classes a couple years ago (it was hilarious the fortunes they came up with to put inside!), but they were a COMPLETE disaster! Not nearly as easy as it looks, and I usually can manage to bake anything.


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