September 5, 2009

Wanchai Orange Chicken Review - and a "Stay At Home" Prize Pack Giveaway!!

When Hovering Hubby's schedule is crazy as can be sometimes, it's nice to have the option of a nice, healthy easy meal for a quick dinner. So when I was contacted to try out the new Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken frozen entree, I was intrigued, and of course said yes - I do love Orange Chicken!

When I received the entree in the mail (still frozen and packed on dry ice, mind you), it did remind me of some of the entrees I have purchased in the past for a 'quick and easy' dinner, so I knew I was going to be enjoying a great meal.

From Wanchai:
Each frozen entrée has all the ingredients needed to prepare a great-tasting, complete Chinese meal for 2 in only 14 minutes! They come in five delicious flavors including Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken and Sweet & Spicy Shrimp. Additionally, all of the entrees have no added MSG!
See? No MSG:
I added the chicken to a pan to cook for 3-4 minutes. I was a tad disappointed in the amount of chicken, but that's primarily based on Hovering Hubby's big appetite. Since Princess Nagger wasn't interested in having any, I decided this will be the rare time I allow her to have something else than what hubby and I have for dinner. And since I'm supposed to cut back on any 'fried foods', the amount would work great for hubby and his huge appetite, and I'd have a few pieces of the chicken to try for myself. Generally if an entree says 'Meal for Two', I will buy/cook two of them to make sure there's plenty for hubby and Princess Nagger and I - since usually between the four of us it's more like 3-1/2.
The vegetables, while they looked excellent and fresh, definitely were a small portion - certainly not enough for two people who actually like vegetables, especially since one of those people (hubby), tends to eat enough for two people all on his own.
The small quantity of vegetables were even more pronounced when I followed the instructions by removing the cooked chicken and setting that aside, adding 1/4 cup of water, the vegetables and the included (delicious tasting) orange sauce:
I knew I was going to need to do something, so since I had a package of Steam Fresh veggies in the freezer, I added those to the pan (not pictured) to bulk up the veggies. I finished cooking as per the instructions - overall it was less than 15 minutes from start to finish.

They included a package of microwaveable jasmine rice (my favorite rice), but I didn't realize it was included (even though it says so on the package...) Though in my defense, the other manufacturers usually include the rice mixed in with the rest of it, not as a separate package which isn't enough. Wanchai Ferry included a separate package that would have been almost enough for the two of us, barring hubby's voracious appetite. I made jasmine rice separately in my rice cooker, so I'm saving the (frozen) package of jasmine rice which can be zapped in the microwave when I'm craving a rice dish in a hurry!

Adding the extra bag of vegetables didn't rob any of the delicious orange sauce taste - in fact, I think my hubby probably preferred it that way, as he was able to add his usual extreme hot-sauce without it being overpowering, or the orange sauce overpowering the heat of his hot sauce.

I was pleasantly surprised at how tender and juicy the chicken was - those kind of 'chicken nugget' pieces tend to be on the dry side, but not these! Bottom line is it was an excellent meal, very tasty, and I even have a container of left-over rice and veggies in the fridge to enjoy later. I highly recommend trying out Wanchai Ferry's new entrees - you won't be sorry. If you're a big eater like my hubby, be sure to have some extra veggies and/or chicken on hand to add to the mix.

Try It! Wanchai Ferry is offering every one of my readers the chance to save some money by offering a $1.50 off coupon at their website. Click here: www.wanchaiferry.com then click on the 'coupon' icon on their home page - print out your coupon and enjoy! For meal tips to enhance your Wanchai Ferry frozen entrée, check them out here: Wanchai Ferry Meal Tips.

Win It! - One (1) lucky winner will receive an awesome "Stay-At-Home" Prize Pack that includes an additional coupon as well as some great Asian inspired rice bowls, chopsticks and bamboo placemats:
Here's a close-up of the bowls - aren't they pretty?

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  • You have until 11pm EST on September 20, 2009 to enter. 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected. I will email the winners and post the names here. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or a new winner will be chosen. Open to US residents. Good luck!

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    NOTE: Revised 9/8/09 - There's only 1 prize pack to giveaway, so there will only be ONE lucky winner...sorry for the confusion!

    77 Random Sassy Comments:

    buffalodick said...

    How bad can free be? In your hands, I'm sure all came out great!

    otin said...

    Where is that oriental spam when you want it!? LMAO!!!!!

    Nancy said...

    My best fortune from a fortune cookie : it was my lucky day!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    Nancy said...

    I am an e-mail subscriber.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    Nancy said...

    I follow via Google Friends.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

    Martha in PA said...

    I love those bowls!

    I am a fan on facebook.

    Martha in PA said...

    You are on my blogroll.
    http://thedailygrindbymak.blogspot.com

    Martha in PA said...

    Your button is on my page.

    Martha in PA said...

    I already follow you on Twitter
    martha_tweets

    Martha in PA said...

    I am a Google Friend.

    Martha in PA said...

    Here's my fortune for entry #1 (I had to go find a fortune cookie!)

    38-42-43-44-56-28 (Oh those are the lucky numbers.....)

    Good to begin well, better to end well.


    Here's the url for my Tweet, I forgot it above!
    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/3788380640

    Martha in PA said...

    I subscribed via email.

    Brian Miller said...

    maybe will have to give the orange chicken a try...we love oriental food...even the boys. so we will probably have to bulk it up as well. yum. thanks for sharing.

    Mango Girl said...

    Yummy in my tummy!

    Amy said...

    How funny. I just won this from another blogging friend.

    Anonymous said...

    Hi!

    I keep most of the fortunes from the cookies and use them in collages.

    One of my favorites was along the lines of "Someone close to you is in love with you" - mostly because I so wanted it to be true!

    savvytangerine (at) aol dot come

    Thanks!

    Martha in PA said...

    I blogged about the giveaway.

    (I hope this works this morning!)

    Martha in PA said...

    I added you to Technorati favs - makasper

    LT said...

    One of my best fortunes is still stuck to my refrigerator! "Treasure what you have." (Not that I stick quotes and stuff to my fridge, LOL)

    LT said...

    So a follower already

    LT said...

    Email subscriber now too!

    LT said...

    Following you on twitter, here is my tweet:
    http://twitter.com/coloradomommy/statuses/3798721319

    LT said...

    You are on my blog roll!
    A Day With Two

    LT said...

    Added your button! (I didn't realize I didn't have it, but I do now!)
    A Day With Two

    carma said...

    As luck would have it, I save fortunes that make me smile and/or have my lucky number on the back of them:

    "You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability"

    is one I've saved

    carma said...

    I follow you

    carma said...

    I faved your blog on Technorati (CarmaSez)

    Hit 40 said...

    Put me down for a vote!! I am with buffalodick. Free is always good.

    Blogging Mama Andrea said...

    I follow and I have your button (one of my favorites with Princess N's expression :)

    I actually used to have two fortune cookie fortunes stuck to my alarm for years but they came off in the move. I can't remember exactly but it was something along the lines of if you find peace happiness will follow.

    Good advice :)

    That meal looks so yummy. I'm going to have to try it. The portion looks perfect for me and the Chick and even a little left over.

    blueviolet said...

    I like the one we opened yesterday which said something about being able to laugh at oneself. I can't really remember it but that's not surprising. I don't remember anything for long. But I liked it!

    blueviolet said...

    I follow you forever and ever.

    blueviolet said...

    I'm a facebook fan: http://www.facebook.com/doot65

    blueviolet said...

    You're in my blog roll #1

    blueviolet said...

    You're in my blog roll #2

    blueviolet said...

    You're in my Technorati faves: http://technorati.com/faves/blueviolet

    blueviolet said...

    I subscribed by email!

    Casey said...

    Wow, that does look good. I live for easy, already made for me meals like that.

    Martha in PA said...

    I tweeted today!
    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/3839453615

    kyooty said...

    Is this us only, because well it's food! I'll have to send hubbie on the hunt for this in Maine?

    Martha in PA said...

    I tweeted today!
    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/3862637281

    DiPaola Momma said...

    Best cookie.. um let's see.. that one where special Chinese magic made me switch places with my mom because neither of us appriciated the unique struggles of one another's lives.. oh wait that was Freaky Friday..um maybe the one with the winning lotto numbers.. um wait I DIDN'T get that one either! Then it would have to be the one that said, "TUMS".. he he.. Hey BTW babe YOU won the Lunchables giveaway on my blog. I thought I emailed you but maybe I just put it in those cookies I baked last week.. he he.. but seriously get me your 411

    Robyn said...

    My best cookie said "you will travel to far and wide open places".

    Robyn said...

    I do follow you.

    Robyn said...

    I'm a face book fan.

    Robyn said...

    your button is on my blog roll

    Martha in PA said...

    I blogged again, not sure if that counts!

    http://thedailygrindbymak.blogspot.com/2009/09/friday-fragments.html

    Martha in PA said...

    I tweeted

    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/3907630323

    I'm Anitra! said...

    You will have a special visitor soon.

    I'm Anitra! said...

    following

    Mellisa said...

    My favorite fortune:

    The greatest danger could be your stupidity!!

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    follow

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    I subscribed just now

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    brand new fan on facebook

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    Now following on twitter and tweeted

    http://twitter.com/mellisarock/statuses/3946443829

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    I blogged about this giveaway!!

    http://gettingallmyducksinarow.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaways-i-entered-this-weekend.html

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    I blogged about this giveaway!!

    entry 2

    http://gettingallmyducksinarow.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaways-i-entered-this-weekend.html

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    Mellisa said...

    I blogged about this giveaway!!

    entry 3

    http://gettingallmyducksinarow.blogspot.com/2009/09/giveaways-i-entered-this-weekend.html

    mellisarock at yahoo dot com

    janetfaye said...

    The best one: you will find a good surprise today.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

    Martha in PA said...

    I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/4004366955

    Grand Pooba said...

    Hmmm, my favorite fortune cookie...I think it would have to be "Your ambition will bring you success in your future."

    In bed.

    That's what you're supposed to do right?

    Grand Pooba said...

    I am a faithful follower!

    Grand Pooba said...

    I am also a subscriber :o)

    Grand Pooba said...

    I am your facebook fan!

    Grand Pooba said...

    You are so rollin on my blog roll :)

    Grand Pooba said...

    I blogged about it!

    http://grandpooba.blogspot.com/2009/09/dont-miss-out-or-do.html

    Grand Pooba said...

    I blogged about it!

    http://grandpooba.blogspot.com/2009/09/dont-miss-out-or-do.html

    Grand Pooba said...

    I blogged about it!

    http://grandpooba.blogspot.com/2009/09/dont-miss-out-or-do.html

    foxy said...

    Best fortune cookie:

    Love is a present that can be given every single day you live.

    I'm gonna follow now!!

    Andrea (ace1028) said...

    Best fortune cookie for me was one that I have hanging up in my kitchen on a corkboard:

    Son said: Even Popeye Didn't Eat His Spinach Unless he HAD to.

    So bizarre, but I loved it! ;)

    Nichole Frank said...

    "You're career and your life will soon take a turn for the better."

    (Right as I was thinking about starting my own company)

    nfphotography@verizon.net

    Nichole Frank said...

    Facebook fan!

    Nichole Frank said...

    Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/nfphotography

    Nichole Frank said...

    Blogroll!
    http://www.bloglines.com/blog/nfphotography

    LT said...

    Tweet for 9/18 is here!
    http://twitter.com/coloradomommy/statuses/4095515502

    Martha in PA said...

    I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/martha_tweets/status/4122368098

    Kay said...

    My favorite fortune cookie I ever got said "Wednesday will not be a good day." Not good news, but at least it was an actual fortune and not a proverb!

    vangoghkay[at]gmail.com

    LT said...

    Sent out a last tweet for today here:
    http://twitter.com/coloradomommy/statuses/4134864257