A delightful replacement for the fortune cookie | Intermediate Eater

By John Owen | May 29, 2014

Don't get me wrong. I like Chinese food. I even like Chinese-German cuisine although -- according to the old joke -- two hours later you are hungry again -- for power.

My only complaint with Chinese food is that the average seven-course meal fails to build to a suitable climax. You begin the meal with shrimp in seaweed, advance through the 100-year egg, the egg flower soup, baked fish in plum sauce, a heaping bowl of pork-mushroom fried rice, mandarin duck and, finally: a fortune cookie.

Admit it, that's sort of a letdown. When was the last time you turned to a fellow diner, slapped your forehead and exclaimed, "Wow, did you ever taste a better fortune cookie?"

Did anybody ever argue with you, "Hey, no, we don't want to eat here. Let's walk six blocks to the Dragon's Breath. They've got those sensational fortune cookies."

Oh, I believe the message inside the fortune cookies. But I'm pretty sure I could mistakenly munch the bamboo napkin holder instead of the fortune cookie on the way to the cash register and never be the wiser. Chinatown needs a better dessert.

Actually, Chinatown isn't called Chinatown in suburban Edmonds. It has recently been renamed The Eight Paths of Light International District, and more or less centers on Highway 99 near the market of the same name.

A designation like this deserves Asian meals of distinction and a first-class dessert like this one.


Eight Paths of Delight


Buy four peaches grown either at Inner Mongolia or upper Yakima. Peel and slice the fruit.

Toss the peaches in a bowl with a half cup of orange juice, three tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of candied ginger that has been pulverized with a mortar and pestle. Shove the bowl into a refrigerator and chill a couple of hours.

Then gloop a big spoonful of the peach mixture in the bottom of a large dessert dish. Add a couple of spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream with another gloop of the peach mixture on top. And you really can't finish the meal without an earful of Oriental wisdom:

"Confucius say man who jumps off cliff leaps to conclusion."


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