An unopened fortune cookie

A fortune cookie was a type of cookie from Earth that contained a piece of paper with a "fortune" inside. They were often served in Chinese restaurants.

Gabriel Lorca claimed his family made fortune cookies in the 22nd century, and Lorca kept a bowl of them in his ready room on the USS Discovery. In 2256, he offered one to Michael Burnham as a symbol for the possibilities of working on his ship. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

When the Discovery returned from the mirror universe and Lorca's deception was revealed, Vice Admiral Katrina Cornwell used a phaser to vaporize Lorca's bowl of fortune cookies in anger. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")

After assuming temporary command of Discovery in 2257, Captain Christopher Pike found a fortune cookie message at the base of Lorca's desk that read, "Not every cage is a prison, not every loss is eternal." (DIS: "Brother")

A fortune cookie in a deleted scene

In a deleted scene from ENT: "The Expanse", Becky broke a fortune cookie and told Jonathan Archer that he was in luck regarding his previous question about joining Becky in her apartment.
The wording of the fortune cookie found by Pike in 2257 was intended as a specific reference to the future fate of the character, and the use of the word cage is a reference to "The Cage". (DIS Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray, Audio commentary on "Brother")

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