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Many Chinese food ingredients are made in a huge plant in Brooklyn

If you've eaten Chinese food or another Asian cuisine at a restaurant, chances are some of it has come from Wonton Food Inc. in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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I write the fortunes in fortune cookies

When James Wong first encountered fortune cookies, they were ammunition in food fights with other children. Now an adult, he handles fortune cookies with much more care - he's a fortune writer for his family's fortune cookie company - the biggest in the world. Outlook's Colm Flynn went to meet him in New York City.

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'As all American as apple pie' - NYC factory makes most fortune cookies in the world

Chances are if you go to any Asian restaurant that serves fortune cookies in the U.S., I would bet it's our cookies in there,' says James Wong, fortune writer for Wonton Food Inc.

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籤語餅傳奇 中餐象徵傳百年

籤語餅在美國有百年歷史,也是中餐象徵之一,裡面的籤文內容五花八門,提供飯後娛樂,更有人按照著籤上幸運數字買彩券,一夜致富;紐約雲吞食品公司(Wonton Food Inc.)從1982年開始製造籤語餅,版圖遍及近30州,一天能生產400萬個。

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Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo at Wonton Food
Jimmy Kimmel & Guillermo at Wonton Food

The secret world of fortune cookies revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! With new fortune writers Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo.

Today Show

Chinese takeout isn’t complete without fortune cookies! Join the Today Show as they visit the largest fortune cookie factory in the world, Wonton Food Inc

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Elite Daily

Crack the case on what makes a good Fortune Cookie Writer! Thanks to James Wong, good luck is just a hop, skip, & a jump away!

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Time

Go Behind the Scenes as Fortune Cookie History Gets Made. Take a look back at the complicated history of the cookies - and an exclusive look inside a factory where they're made.

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NBC News

After three decades, this fortune cookie writer is passing the baton. If you've ever cracked open a fortune cookie, there's a good chance you might have encountered the wit of 68-year-old Donald Lau.

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Sinovision Net 美国中文网
Sinovision Net 美国中文网

大纽约华人教育基金会宣布将和云吞食品公司联合创建云吞食品成就奖学金,面向亚裔餐饮从业人员子女,奖金总额十万元。

Eater

Donald Lau has worked for Wonton Foods since the 1980s, when it was just a small noodle company in Chinatown; as the organization grew and production increased, he took over writing the fortunes for the cookies. Lau plans to retire from the Chief Fortune Writer position at the end of this ear, so the Eater video team sat down with him to learn about the tricks of his trade.

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CNN

Open a fortune cookie, and you may find a wise piece of advice. But fortune cookie writer Donald Lau's only hope is that the fortune cookie leaves you happy.

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NY Daily News

THE FORTUNE cookie crumbled right for 110 lucky lottery winners.
Investigators discovered the $19.4 million prize wasn't the only thing they shared - they all had faith in fortune cookies made in Queens.
Lucky numbers printed inside millions of cookies matched five of the six drawn in the Powerball Lottery last month.
"We are so excited," said Ho Sing Lee, president of cookie manufacturer Wonton Food

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Food and Drink International

Wonton Food is helping the Chinese food industry make the shift toward healthier lifestyles.

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Martha Stewart

Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt tour the Wonton Foods factory learn how fortune cookies are made and distributed.

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CNN

Next time you order Chinese food, you may want to pay close attention to the numbers on your fortune cookie.

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Zidbits

The odds to win the lottery are astronomical. For 2 people to win the same lottery isnt unheard of, but it is uncommon. So...

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Boston Globe

Dozens of workers in white caps supervise the production line at Wonton Food’s factory around the clock, six days a week at the world’s largest producer of fortune cookies. Demand is high. After all, what would dinner at a Chinese restaurant be like if the cookies, with their bits of wisdom and philosophy, didn’t arrive with the bill? The family-owned–and-operated Wonton Food was founded by Ching Sun Wong, 78 and semi-retired, who was born in China’s Guangdong province and came to the United States in the 1960s. Ten years later, he opened Wonton Noodle Co., a basement factory with a shop upstairs, in New York’s Chinatown. After running it for 20 years, he bought a small Chinatown fortune cookie factory. “The equipment was old–fashioned,” says Wonton Food manager Weilik Chan. “We designed and made new machines ourselves.”

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Flavor and Fortune

Flavor and Fortune, The Science and Art of Chinese Cuisine.

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NY Times

Thanks to the Brooklyn-based Wonton Food company, China will soon have fortune cookies. Until now the cookies, which cap off just about every meal served in most of America's 30,000 Chinese restaurants, have been unknown and gone untasted in China. Like hot dogs, pizza and more particularly, chop suey, they are essentially American concoctions.

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Salon

For five decades the fortune cookie, a true immigrant success story, has been the crunchy, cryptic completion to any Chinese-American restaurant meal.

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NY Daily News

The next time you eat Chinese food, chances are the fortune cookies that complete the meal began their journey in a nondescript building in Long Island City, Queens.

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COOKIE MASTER
COOKIE MASTER

Talk story about fortune cookie writer Donald Lau… Lottery officials suspected a scam until they traced the sequence to a fortune printed with the digits “22-28-32-33-39-40” and Donald Lau’s prediction: “All the preparation you’ve done will finally be paying off.”…

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