Jan 27, 2018
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Fortune cookies, commonly served after meals at Chinese
restaurants in the U.S., are characterized by a fortune, which
is written on a small piece of paper tucked inside the cookie.
There are several __31__ stories about the origin of the fortune
cookie. None of them, however, has been proven to be entirely true.
One of these stories __32__ the cookie’s origin back to 13th- a
nd 14th-century China, which was then occupied by the Mongols.
According to the legend, notes of __33__ plans for a revolution to
overthrow the Mongols were hidden in mooncakes that would ordinarily
have been stuffed with sweet bean paste. The revolution turned out
to be __34__ and eventually led to the formation of the Ming Dynasty.
This story may sound highly credible, but there seems to be no solid
evidence that it inspired the creation of the __35__ we know of
today as fortune cookies.
Another __36__ claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living
in Los Angeles, created the fortune cookie in 1918. Concerned about
the poor people he saw wandering near his shop, he made cookies and
passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie __37__ a strip of
paper inside with an inspirational Bible quotation on it.
However, the more generally accepted story is that the fortune
cookie first __38__ in either 1907 or 1914 in San Francisco,
created by a Japanese immigrant, Makoto Hagiwara. The fortune cookie
was based on a Japanese snack, but Hagiwara sweetened the recipe
to appeal to American __39__. He enclosed thank- you notes in the
cookies and served them to his guests with tea. Within a few years,
Chinese restaurant owners in San Francisco had copied the recipe and
__40__ the thank-you notes with fortune notes. Such fortune cookies
became common in Chinese restaurants in the U.S. after World War II.
(A) account (B) appeared (C) competing (D) contained (E) replaced
(F) secret (G) successful (H) tastes (I) traces (J) treats
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