Wednesday’s Bookmobile Has Your Lucky $$$ Fortune Cookie! “Searching For General Tso”! A Terrific Chop Suey Saga!

fortune cookie money

This Fortune Cookie Can Make You A MILLIONAIRE!

Got your attention, didn’t I? Well, it’s true! I will tell you how in just a moment. First, take a look at this Chop Suey: a classic Chinese food…or is it?

chop suey

And speaking of legendary chinese food recipes: what about this General Tso and his famous chicken dish?

general tso chicken movie

“The Search For General Tso”!

Yes, a documentary was released that searches for the origin of General Tso’s chicken…and that is all part of a great book about the origin of chinese food and how fortune cookies can make you rich!


Moo Goo Gai Pan! Chop Suey! Who Knows?

Behold the classic Chinese dish: Moo Goo Gai Pan. Wait, perhaps it’s Chop Suey. It doesn’t really matter, since neither one of them – OR GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN – was ever cooked in China!

Here is a fascinating book that blows away all of your misconceptions about Chinese food, both here in the US and over there in China – and I have included a terrific Chinese food recipe to satisfy your craving, because these books will make you hungry!

Chicken chop suey

First up, a great book that looks at how the lottery inspired the Author to go off on a mad Chinese food adventure!

Fortune Cookie Book

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures In The World Of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee

Here’s what started it: In one single week, dozens of people from all across America all won the lottery. They ALL used the EXACT SAME NUMBERS!

lottery tickets

How is that possible? Well, this book shows you what happened – they all picked numbers they got from a fortune cookie – and those fortune cookies all came from Chinese restaurants!


Using this amazing beginning, Author Lee decides to dig deeper into the phenomenon – and to find out why Chinese food has such a mystical hold on America – now only that, she explains how America’s love affair with Chinese food began.


The Fortune Cookie!

You’ll find out the origin of the fortune cookie, including the impact it had on early immigrants and their struggles in America- and she also tells how “chop suey” came to be… you will go back in time – and revisit how Chinese immigrants originally came to this country, and how Chinese food helped save them.

classic chinese restaurant

it’s a fascinating book – a tour through a uniquely AMERICAN food – CHINESE FOOD – and the origins of this so-called “Chinese food” in the US – it’s fascinating, and Lee’s obsession with the topic makes it all the more fun to read.

Guess Who’s To Blame For All Those Take-Out Food Flyers?

Yep, Lee reveals the origin of the dreaded paper menu that is stuffed in your mailbox or front door…and you will visit the greatest Chinese food restaurant in the world – wait until you find out where it is!

And you’ll find out what Confucius REALLY said.

Yes, this book is full of great facts and trivia!

egg roll

This book is so entertaining, you will never look at an egg roll the same way again!

chop suey sign

Now that’s I’ve whetted your appetite:

Make Your Own Chop Suey Recipe!

Here you go, make some classic Chop Suey!

1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups diced pork loin
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can bean sprouts, drained
and rinsed
1/3 cup cold water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar


1. Heat shortening in a large, deep skillet. Sear pork until it turns white, then add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add celery, hot water, salt and pepper. Cover skillet and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sprouts and heat to boiling.

2. In a small bowl combine the cold water, cornstarch, soy sauce and sugar. Mix together and add to skillet mixture. Cook for 5 minutes, or until thickened to taste.



Now that you have eaten, take a look at these crazy chip flavors sold ONLY in China!

Pepsi-Cola Chicken-Flavored Lay’s Potato Chips!

Yes, they exist and are for sale in China! Of course, I had to make some pepsi-flavored chicken for myself – and I did!

You can see my recipe and results here:

Now, a bit of a personal plug:

2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Nominee

I am honored to be nominated in the “entertainment blog” category at this summer’s Bloggers Bash – if you like what you read, you can head over to the site until April 24th and vote! Here is the link to vote for all categories:

Check out both books and get some Chinese education!

Fortune Cookie Book

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7 replies

  1. I did know that Chop Suey wasn’t Chinese. I don’t think I have ever had a fortune cookie. Most Chinese restaurants here don’t hand them out.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Looks like a fun read John! And I’ve pinned the recipe for later. 🙂

  3. Chinese food is delicious though I don’t eat the fortune cookie given away at restaurants. My husband like to chew on it with his tea.

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