This month of modern and traditional Chinese recipes cannot pass without a recipe for the magical ‘cookie of fortune’.
I probably first saw these cookies, packaged in a simple white noodle box on an 80’s American sitcom or teen movie. Who could forget when Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan’s fortune cookie caused a 24 hour body-switch….yeah me neither until I googled it.
Growing up, if it was mum’s night off and our begging had worked we were allowed to buy takeaways. Our neighbourhood provided us a choice of fish & chips, burgers or a smorgasboard of non-specific Asian food, so watching someone on T.V. or in a movie picking up their Chinese takeaways in a crisp cardboard noodle box with a little steel handle and disposable chopsticks was a dream.
The great thing about making these deliciously crispy cookies for your next get-together is that you can personalise messages. I wrote famous quotes in mine such as:
“If you are going to be two-faced, at least make one of them pretty”
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it”
“Be who you are and do what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”
I dare say I like my cookies a little sweet so made a basic tuille mixture; not so traditional but more like a cookie with a fortune.