I love Chinese food. But I’m also spoiled when it comes to Chinese food, namely because my mom is da bomb in the kitchen and regularly threw down authentic, Chinese dinners. (Lion’s Head anyone?) We also had excellent Chinese restaurants where I grew up, and with frequent trips to Monterrey Park to pick up Char Siu Bao (BBQ pork buns), I grew up eating GOOD Chinese food. Even with that said, I could still appreciate Americanized Chinese food – to the point that many of my full Chinese friends would give me a hard time for liking Panda Express. All this is to say that I have a pretty good idea of what real Chinese food tastes like as well as what good American Chinese food tastes like.
With all of this culinary expertise behind me, I was looking forward to try Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées, a new way to have a complete Chinese meal in the comfort of your own home, without having to deal with a Chinese food delivery man. Wanchai Ferry has 8 different entrées available, including Shrimp Lo Mein and Orange Chicken. Each bag includes everything you’ll need for your Chinese inner, including the meats and veggies, rice, and sauce. Their latest flavor, Beef & Broccoli, included generous amounts of broccoli, red peppers, and water chestnuts along with the beef strips, rice, and soy and garlic flavored brown sauce.
Here’s the bag of rice and the sauce bag:
And here’s the beef and vegetables. Notice that all of the pieces of food are individually frozen and aren’t a solid piece of frozen mass. This allows the food to cook quicker and more evenly (I think.)
Cooking the Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli meal was very easy and I was finished in under 10 minutes. First, I heated the beef and vegetables in a skillet with some water, allowing it to cook for ~8 minutes. Then I added the sauce and stir fried for another 2 minutes. Meanwhile, I put the bag of rice in the microwave and nuked for ~2 minutes. After everything was ready, I simply threw the rice into a bowl, put the Beef & Broccoli onto a serving dish and dinner was ready. I loved that it only required one dish to cook (the skillet) which makes clean-up a breeze.
Look at how delicious this meal looks:
Honestly, I thought Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli tasted wonderful! Technically, I don’t think this can be considered “authentic”, simply because our traditional broccoli isn’t commonly used in real Chinese cooking – they use Chinese broccoli. But regardless, this dish was still good. The beef was tender, had a lot of flavor with a hint of sweetness to it. The vegetables all came out perfectly cooked, still slightly crispy without any mush to them. The sauce had a great flavor that was strong but not overwhelming. I think the soy flavors made a big difference. It’s pretty impressive that Wanchai Ferry was able to create such a flavorful Asian dish without using MSG (which many restaurants, and my mom, regularly use for added flavor.)
Wanchai Ferry frozen entrées are a convenient and quick way to have a yummy Asian style meal on the table in minutes. I plan on picking up some more using this coupon for $1.60 off. For more information about Wanchai Ferry, great meal tips (such as adding cashews or hoisin sauce for more exotic flavors) you can visit the Wanchai Ferry website at www.wanchaiferry.com.
WiC Project Wanchai Ferry Giveaway!
One winner will receive a Wanchai Ferry Prize Pack, which includes one VIP coupon for Wanchai Ferry and two tea sets.
Visit www.wanchaiferry.com and let me know which Wanchai Ferry flavor you’d like to try the most. If you don’t see one you like, then let me know what Asian meal you would like Wanchai Ferry to add to their product line.
One winner will be selected at random for this prize.
Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST, July 13, 2010.
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Disclaimer: This post consists of my (and/or fellow tester) opinions only. No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I did receive a free Wanchai Ferry gift pack and information from Wanchai Ferry through MyBlogSpark to use and test for the purposes of this review. This did not affect the outcome of this review.