Lucky Number 16

A waiter removes the virtually empty plate of Gong Bao Chicken from the table, leaving a check and two fortune cookies in its place. The dinner guests hand each other cookies before even acknowledging the bill. They eagerly wait for each other to be ready so they can reveal their elusive future. To them, a fortune cookie is just an amusing play with fate. But food messages used centuries ago could have jumpstarted the foundation for this Americanized dessert. One legend of the fortune...