If there’s one thing we like more than a good helping of sweet and sour chicken, it’s got to be the fortune cookie that usually follows. We sniffed out the notorious Golden Gate Cookie Factory while meandering around San Francisco and were pleasantly surprised at what we found. We thought that “factory” implied a big, corporate building with hundreds of workers dressed in scrubs, face masks, and gloves, pulling levers that dispersed the perfectly shaped treat. What we really found was a tiny hole-in-the-wall store where a pair of older Chinese ladies patiently sat and folded every single fortune cookie by hand.
When eating a fortune cookie, there’s one rule that we always abide by: one must eat the entire cookie before they can read their fortune. Where did this tradition come from? We have no idea, but it’s something that we’ve always done. Every now and then we also classically add “in bed” to the end of every fortune. Why take everything so seriously?
… in bed.
If you find yourself in San Francisco, do yourself a favor and stop by the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. They’ll give you a free cookie once you step in the door, and also sell them by the bag full for a great price.
The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is located at 56 Ross Alley in China town, San Francisco.