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Behind the Tsue Chong Co. Inc. sign in the International District of Seattle is a family-run manufacturer and distributor of Rose Brand products - better know for their Chinese noodles and fortune cookies. Founded in 1917 by the great-grandfather Gar Hip Louie, the company made noodles to supply to restaurants and the local Chinese community. In the 1950s, when fortune cookies were invented and became an icon of Chinese cuisine in America, grandmother Eng Shee Louie pioneered the making of the cookies for the company. After a century of being in business, you can find their products all over the Pacific Northwest. (Sy Bean / Seattle Refined)

International District noodle factory produces 80,000 fortune cookies daily

Wise Seattleites know the International District is the place to go for the best noodles in the city. But did you know some of the noodles made in the I.D. are shipped all over the Pacific Northwest, maybe even to your favorite Thai or Chinese Restaurant?

“Right now we’re probably the biggest noodle factory in the Pacific Northwest and we service the states of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon,” Timothy Louie of Tsue Chong Co. says.

“My great grandfather came here as a worker and at that time there was no noodle, factory here in Seattle. Noodle is one of our dietary items and he saw a business opportunity.”

Founded in 1917, Tsue Chong has been turning out their “Rose Brand” noodle products for more than 100 years. But perhaps their most famous product was brought to Seattle by Timothy’s grandmother about 60 years ago.

Fortune cookies.

“She found out there was equipment to do it, so we went down to San Francisco and brought back a few machines but she had to hand fold and stuff all those cookies a very tedious process,” Timothy says.

Now machines do all the work. Baking about 80 thousand of the tiny cookies and stuffing them with fortunes every day.

And, at Tsue Chong Co., you can create your own destiny.

“If a customer wants to make a custom fortune we do that,” Timothy says.