Although online sources dispute the date of National Fortune Cookie Day, some claiming it as July 20, others as September 13. One thing is clear – these psychic snacks are incredibly popular, and perhaps the most ubiquitous aspects of Chinese culture in the USA. Most Chinese restaurants offer fortune cookies as a post-meal treat. So why wouldn’t you join in on the celebration on either of the dates mentioned or on both?
New York is home to thousands of people of Chinese origin. Places such as china town offer numerous Chinese restaurants and takeout places. If you’re a New York native, you’ll no doubt have your favorites! However; if you’re in town on a trip and just staying over in a hotel or a Hourly Hotel in NYC with DayBreakHotels.com (this latter is a great idea if you’re considering a daytrip), then you may not know which restaurant to choose – and, in fact, this is just one way in which to celebrate the humble fortune cookie.
Here are some other great ways to celebrate National Fortune Cookie Day
Attending the Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant exhibition at MOFAD (the Museum of Food and Drink) to learn more about the fascinating history of Eastern-eats-meet-West. Chinese restaurants have been in America now for nearly 170 years and there are nearly 50,000 Chinese American restaurants across the country. Celebrate by learning and also enjoying the art and installations in this informative, interactive exhibition which includes historical menus, tasting sessions, and an exhibit made out of 7,250 takeout boxes!
Take a Tour: Needless to say, many of NYC’s Chinese American restaurants are located in Chinatown. So, why not take a tour of the vicinity? You can choose from various options, including a self-guided tour, or even a culinary one (which would include fortune cookies!). The Food Tour of Chinatown and Flavors of Chinatown are two of several available tours that will take you on a foot-led feast of food, sights, and inspiration!
Attend the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is located in NYC. IT makes for a further very interesting visit as well. Art, folk crafts, music, and design are just some of the areas covered by this museum. It also offers cultural celebrations and festivals in keeping with the Chinese calendar and traditional customs.
Of course, sharing some fortune cookies with friends would be an ideal way to celebrate National Fortune Cookie Day! Hopefully after sharing some noodles, dim sum, or chicken chow mein together. Then – grab, snap, and see what your future holds! National Fortune Cookie Day is an annual occurrence and it’s a really fun way into celebrating Chinese culture.