Fortune Cookie Tea Time

Fortune cookies aren’t just for that bit of something extra at the end of your meal at the local Chinese restaurant. They make great tea time treats, too. You can buy them by the boxful at some stores selling Asian foods and serve them at your next tea party.

I doubt that many people really put much score in the fortunes in these cookies. Most of us by now also know that these cookies did not originate in China. In the past few years, the little strips of paper have a fortune (or sometimes just a silly saying) on one side and also lucky numbers and/or phrases translated into Chinese (probably Mandarin) on the other side. Nevertheless, hubby and I open our cookies eagerly when the waitress brings them to the table and then read our “fortunes” to each other. It’s sort of a little ritual we have.

Tea Adventure: Golden Pu-erh from The English Tea Store
Tea Adventure: Golden Pu-erh from The English Tea Store

Here is one fortune I had recently:

“You will stumble into the path that will lead your life to happiness.”

It’s a fortune that has seemed to come true to some extent. Stumbling upon all those great teas out there has certainly led hubby and I to happiness… and to tea parties, sharing the joy with family and friends.

Speaking of tea parties, fortune cookies can certainly liven them up. Invite over a group of your friends, steep up plenty of tea, and get ready to play “Fortune Cookie Balderdash.” If you’ve ever played the real version of “Balderdash”®, then you probably already know where I’m headed. Instead of bluffing people on the meaning of words, you bluff them on what fortune was on that slip of paper in your cookie. You might read out “You will clear out the dark clouds from your life.” Then, your party guests will have to decide if that’s what is really on the little paper slip or not. It’s all for fun!

Some great teas to serve would be:

  • Gunpowder, a green tea where the leaves have been rolled into tight pellets and steep up a strong and lightly smoky taste
  • Dragon Pearls, a green tea made from the top two leaves and bud of new season growth that are hand-rolled into small pearl shapes
  • Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong, with a taste that starts out bitter, then becomes a bit sweet, and finishes with a fragrance that lingers on your palate (hubby and I find the bitterness to be very brief, with the sweetness kicking in quickly)
  • Keemun Panda, a black tea that last awhile if properly stored and that steeps up a cup that takes milk well and boasts a winey/fruity flavor (I find it also has a faint smokiness to it)
  • Jasmine, a steamed green tea flavored with jasmine blossoms
  • Lapsang Souchong, with its distinctive camp fire smokiness (some say this was the original black tea)
  • Golden Pu-erh, rich and earthy and up to several steepings

When the tea is all gone and your guests are stuffed with fortune cookies (and whatever other goodies you were serving), you can all get back to reality and to creating your own fortunes!

See also:
Tea Moments — Reading Fortune Cookie Fortunes
Review: The English Tea Store’s Lapsang Souchong Tea
Review: The English Tea Store’s Tie Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong Tea
Review: The English Tea Store’s Keemun Panda Tea
Review of Keemun Panda by the English Tea Store
Review: The English Tea Store’s Dragon Pearls Tea
Tea Adventure: Golden Pu-erh from The English Tea Store

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