Fortune Cookie Factory, San Francisco Overview

Chinatown’s Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory is a family-owned business famous for producing raving fortune cookies using a traditional hand-folding technique. The factory, which first opened its doors in 1962 on Ross Alley, remains one of the oldest structures of Chinatown neighbourhood, surviving the 1906 earthquake and fire. Owned by the Chang family, the Chinatown cookie factory is the singular remaining cookie factory in America marked for selling handmade cookies and their unique cookie dough recipe which they have preserved through generations.

The factory has been declared a ‘legacy business for its authentic and distinguished recipe, antique machines and archaic manual cooking-methods. The cramped up factory is run by only three staff members, where the daily production reaches 10,000 cookies. Surviving amidst automated markets of production, the private factory suffers economically given its surmountable accommodation charges but insists on preserving their eccentric family tradition. The historically significant factory has also begun making flavoured fortune cookies including those of chocolate, strawberry, and almond, along with “fortuneless cookies”.  The factory situated between Jackson and Washington Streets provides free tours with a charge of 50 cent per photograph clicked.

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