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    Is there a connection between the Dutch and the Japanese fortune cookies?

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | August 15, 2010

    I went to the National Museum of Singapore, and spotted these Dutch “pancake grills” that carry an incredibly strong resemblance to the Japanese kata that were used to make the original fortune cookies. It made me wonder if there was a Dutch influence to the original fortune cookies.

    The cookies made here seemed to be flat (not curved into fortune cookie shape), though very ornate.

    It was part of a larger display about all the cakes, cookies and confectionaries that were available in Singapore once upon a time in an ongoing food exhibit.

    Lest you think the connection is a bit nutty, you should remember that tempura came to Japan via Portugal, the missionaries, in the 1500s or so.

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