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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Goo Goo Giveaway Extravaganza: Wanchai Ferry Stay-At-Home Meal and Prize Pack

In our family, it's important that we sit down together each night to share a meal. I'm getting better and better about planning and prepping those meals ahead of time, but there are some nights when I really don't feel inspired to cook.

While I've been known to call my husband on his way home from work and ask him to pick up takeout, we really are trying to limit our eating out. We're trying to reign in our restaurant budget. And frankly, takeout meals can be unsatisfying. If we're spending money to dine out, I'd like to be more deliberate about when and where we're going.

So, what are busy moms and dads to do on those nights when we're too tired or too busy to cook? I find it's helpful to have some quick and easy dishes in the fridge and freezer. I'm talking about things that virtually cook themselves -- sandwich fixings, frozen pizzas and the like.

Now, I have a new item to add to my "don't wanna cook but gotta" repertoire.

Recently, thanks to MyBlogSpark, I had the chance to sample a stay-at-home frozen Chinese meal from Wanchai Ferry. I was psyched because Chinese food is one of my favorite takeout choices. I think it's real comfort food.

Wanchai Ferry meals are advertised as restaurant-quality food without having to go to the restaurant. And in our opinion, they lived up to that billing.

Available in five flavors -- Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken and Sweet & Spicy Shrimp -- each frozen entrée has all the ingredients needed to prepare a great-tasting, complete Chinese meal for two in only 14 minutes!

I'm usually wary of frozen meals because I've tried so many that taste horrible. Usually, when I buy frozen dinners, I get meatless versions because I never like how the meat in them tastes.

But Wanchai Ferry surprised and pleased me. Our family sampled the Orange Chicken varieties, Shrimp Lo Mein and Spicy Garlic Chicken, and we liked them all. Our favorite? That's a tie between the Orange Chicken and the Spicy Garlic Chicken. The Shrimp Lo Mein was good, but not as flavorful as the other two dishes.


I've tried my hand at authentic Chinese cooking at home, and I never can capture the flavor of my favorite restaurant dishes. But I was very pleased with how much Wanchai Ferry tasted like the real thing, but without all the work of chopping, stir frying, measuring and sweating over a hot wok. Wanchai Ferry meals cook in one pan (and the microwave) in 14 minutes.

I definitely plan to keep a few meals in the freezer for those nights when I don't want to cook. They also make a nice hearty lunch.

Wanchai Ferry meals make two servings, including rice or noodles. The servings are a little on the small size, especially if you have a ravenous appetite. I would suggest serving them with some kind of appetizer or side -- frozen eggrolls, perhaps -- or dessert. Wanchai Ferry also has some great meal tips with recommendations for pairings for each entree.


If you'd like to try Wanchai Ferry, there's a $1.50 off printable coupon available on the Wanchai Ferry Web site. And one lucky reader is going to win a Stay-At-Home kit from Wanchai Ferry that includes a coupon for a free frozen meal, two Asian bowls, a set of placemats and two sets of chopsticks so you can enjoy Chinese takeout from your own freezer.


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To enter the giveaway, post a comment below telling me your trick for eating with chopsticks. Or if you're like me and can't master chopsticks, tell me your favorite Chinese dish.

You can also earn extra entries by:
Following me on Twitter
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Tweeting about this contest (once daily) using the hash tag #googoogiveaway
Tweeting about the Goo Goo Giveaway Extravaganza (once daily) using the hash tag #googoogiveaway

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Be sure to include an email address so I can contact if you win. Also include your Twitter name on Twitter entries and a link to any tweets you post about this contest for verification.
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Contest ends at 11:59 PM EDT on October 8. Winner will be drawn at random from all entries and will be contacted by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to that email. If no response is received in that time, a new winner will be drawn.

26 comments:

  1. I love food, so the chopsticks never worked for me... maybe I should give them a try.... I might eat less.... hhmmmm...
    With that said, I am a sucker for spring rolls, egg drop soup and general tso chicken!! Yum!!

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  2. I've been unable to master chopsticks. My favorite items at the Chinese restaurant are fried dumplings topped with rice vinegar and chili oil and I also love hot & sour soup.

    ~Laurie
    lauriemac982 at aol dot com

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  3. Follow you on twitter. Username: Bargain_Hunter_

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  4. I'm not very good with chopsticks. I hold them like you would a pencil, but that doesn't always work. My favorite dish is Orange Chicken. Yummy!

    Debbie: rebbiedeed(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. my fav dish is spicy garlic chicken yum! Im horrible are chop sticks!

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  6. Chop stick trick... practice makes perfect! At least that's what they say. I'm usually too hungry to practice! =)

    I love chow mien right now!

    missylovsjesus at yahoo dot com

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  7. I can't master them, but I do love Chinese food, especially fried rice and Sweet and Sour soup.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  8. I follow on twitter annedoggett
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  9. My trick is I cheat !! I use the childrens ones that are attached to each other....that way I look cool , without any SKILL.....birdson@roadrunner.com

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  10. cant do the chop sticks But I love Broccoli beef / with a FORK primitivelyours@hotmail.com

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  11. I have two secrets. First, turn chop sticks upside down, place under upper lip and make a walrus face. While everyone is laughing, dive in with your fork! The real secret is to learn from a Chinese cook. I spent a summer after college hosting in a Chinese restaurant and spent time each night with the cooks when they sat down for dinner. Start with a rice bowl and keep it close to your mouth. Once you master that, you can move on to other dishes. Balance between your thumb and index finger.

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  12. I cannot eat with chopsticks...still haven't picked that up :) But I love orange chicken. Has to be my favorite chinese dish.

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  13. Try as I may, I can't seem to get the hang of eating with chopsticks. So I use a fork. I love orange chicken

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  14. I can sort of eat with chopsticks, but don't know a secret...maybe holding the lower chopstick like a pencil?

    I love broccoli beef and orange chicken.

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  15. following you on twitter (@mamasmiles)

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  16. I can't master chopsticks but I love eating spring rolls,egg rolls, lumpia, garlic chicken and noodles, just love oriental food.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. I am a fan on Facebook.
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. My trick for eating with chopsticks is to take tiny little bites . . . ok, it's not that efficient, but it beats dropping everything you pick up :) Also, my favorite Chinese food is General Tso's Chicken. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  19. My favorite is General Tso's Chicken.

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  20. I haven't got a trick with eating with chopsticks because I was never patient enough to learn. I immediately head for my fork. Would like to try this product as it says it is MSG free and my system doesn't tolerate MSG. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

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  21. I don't even mess with the chopsticks. Worshu gai is one of my favorites....fried chicken over vegetables with brown sauce and peanut butter gravy on top.

    aateacher@triad.rr.com

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  22. I grew up eating with chopsticks. The trick that my parents used to help me learn to eat with chopsticks was setting one in my hand and have me hold it as if it were a pencil. Then they would set the other on top.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  23. I follow on Twitter: nfmgirl

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  24. my favorite chinese dish is chicken fried rice and sweet and sour chicken. nothing too fancy, but it's oh so good.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  25. i follow on twitter: @shootingstarmag

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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