Fortune Cookies at a Mexican Restaurant?
In a recent post, AliCanary shared that she and her sweetheart went out on a "cheap date" for Mexican food. I agree that Mexican restaurants usually give the best value food for the dollar.
I was surprised to read (not from Ali) from bestwriter that on a trip to the United States she received a fortune cookie from a Mexican restaurant. I asked the question, of course.
I have seen them always at Chinese-type restaurants and buffets, and many of the teriyaki shops that have sprung up over the last couple of decades. I have also seen them at a Korean and a Filipino restaurant. It was very odd that the last two did this, but they, as well as what is touted as "Chinese" or "teriyaki," cater to what many Americans have come to expect.
I would even go as far to say that I believe most Americans have no clue what "authentic" cultural foods truly are. I am happy that I have been open-minded enough to learn the difference, by asking the questions. When I travel, I do not eat in restaurants catering to tourists, nor do I ever want to be seen as the "typical American," but that is for a different story.
Given the places I have grown up and lived, I have eaten regularly in Mexican restaurants across this nation, including Hawaii, Alaska and Guam. I have eaten in American-style Mexican restaurant chains, and in restaurants that cater to the Hispanic population, high end and taquerias. I have also eaten Mexican food in Mexico.
I shop in the grocery stores that serve the same population for most of my ingredients, as I cook both American-adapted with Mexican flavor (as with the Chicken Enchilada Pie ), as well as the authentic. Me gusta la comida mexicana! (Translation: I like Mexican food!)
For nearly 60 years, I have eaten this ethnic food from taco trucks to four-star hotels, and I can say that I have never, ever seen a fortune cookie served at a Mexican restaurant anywhere.
I would not eat them anyway, as they are no more "Chinese" than they are "Mexican."
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