Product Review: Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli + GIVEAWAY!

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Raise your hand if you love take-out! I know I do and although I don’t indulge in it anywhere near as often as I used to, it’s still a nice treat from time to time. The only un-fun part about the whole thing is the price. Take-out & delivery food is just NOT affordable, what with the minimum order amount, the delivery fees, and the tips. When all is said and done, even if you’re ordering for two, you can still end up spending around $30 for the whole meal (though, you can always find ways to stretch that outas I’ve shown you in the past). Sure, you can always learn from Poor Girl and make your own fun take-out style meals, but there are just some days when even my simple recipes can seem like a chore. What to do, what to do?

Enter Wanchai Ferry. The fine folks at MyBlogSpark.com contacted me awhile ago to let me know that this brand had just launched their latest frozen dinner: Beef & Broccoli. Aside from Sweet & Sour Pork, I’m fairly certain this is one of the most popular Chinese take-out items ordered. And seriously, what’s not to like? Chunks of tender beef, lots of broccoli, that sauce… it’s pretty much a winner for me, too. So I was definitely curious to see if a frozen dinner could match up to my local Chinese restaurants’ beef & broccoli and agreed to give Wanchai Ferry’s dinner a go.

Now, you all know how I feel about pre-made frozen dinners in general: fun, tasty, convenient but definitely something you could make yourself for less money! But I know that’s not always possible for some folks. My other issue with them is that when it comes to the Asian-inspired pre-made dinners out there, they don’t often end up tasting as good as some of the Italian pasta varieties. I will admit, I was definitely skeptical. But I like it when I’m proven wrong in these instances. Of course, there was plenty of broccoli and some crispy water chestnuts, but I was quite surprised by the amount of beef that was included. Usually in these dinners you get nothing but veggies and maybe a few cubes of beef – and that goes for take-out, too! It was nice to see that they didn’t skimp on the good stuff. There was also a generous amount of pre-cooked rice to go along with everything, and even without a microwave I was able to heat it up easily. But what really impressed me was the sauce: not too salty and definitely in the restaurant category when it came to its consistency. And there was plenty of it, too! That impressed me again, as you’re usually struggling to find the sauce in some of those frozen dinners. The whole meal took just under the quoted 14 minutes to prepare and it was very tasty. And at just around $7 for two people, it’s definitely more affordable than take-out!

Well, that’s all fine & dandy, Poor Girl, but what’s in it for me?

I’m glad you asked. :) Not only is there a great Wanchai Ferry coupon available for $1.60 off any flavor frozen entrĂ©e, but you can also enter to win a special VIP coupon for Wanchai Ferry products and two very lovely little tea sets, courtesy of Wanchai Ferry via MyBlogSpark! I actually got mine the other day and they’re quite adorable. You receive two individually wrapped sets that include a sleek tea mug and a generous container of organic green tea leaves. You can enjoy them for yourself or keep one and give the other as a gift (and it’s already wrapped! Sweet!).

To enter, simply leave a comment below answering the following question: What’s YOUR favorite Chinese takeout item?
Please comment by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23rd. You can earn bonus entries by tweeting about the contest with the following: Win a VIP Wanchai Ferry coupon & organic green tea sets from MyBlogSpark @PoorGrlEatsWell! Contest ends 6/23. Pls RT! (You must comment below AND tweet in order to earn the bonus entry.) One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, so get your entries in soon!

That’s it for now, folks. I’ll be busy working on non-PGEW projects for the next day or so, but don’t fret! There’s a refreshing new dessert recipe a-comin’, as well as more fun with farmer’s market produce, so stay tuned!

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71 Responses to "Product Review: Wanchai Ferry Beef & Broccoli + GIVEAWAY!"

  1. Julie (Okami) says:

    Kung Pao Chicken – I love it!! and I love Wanchai Ferry – in fact this is our dinner tonight.

    RT done

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  2. Jenn says:

    My favorite Chinese takeout is Honey Walnut Shrimp! Yummy!

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  3. mavrickmo says:

    sesame chicken, sweet & sour chicken, and crab wontons. What? I can't pick just one!

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  4. Heather says:

    I hate to admit it, but I just adore crab rangoons!

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  5. Heather says:

    Bean curd and mixed vegetables in either black bean or white sauce over white rice.

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  6. Seamyst says:

    Pepper beef! A local Japanese steakhouse (which also does Chinese food, because it's a small city) has this really good pepper beef – even their lunch version, which is $7, is big enough for two meals.

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  7. Alena says:

    Beef Chow Fun! I first fell in love with it at Safeway (I know that sounds weird).

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  8. Dana Taylor says:

    Pot stickers and kung pao chicken is my favorite.

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  9. Crystal says:

    Any kind of Lo Mein…don't forget the crab rangoon and egg rolls with sweet and sour sauce please! :)

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  10. Kacie says:

    Pork Lo Mein or Crispy Beef…yum!

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  11. Juxtacidic says:

    Orange Chicken, so very good.

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  12. Ronnie Moye says:

    Potstickers and a good Yang Chow fried rice are my two faves. Though, to be honest, I hardly ever do Chinese take out. I make a really delicious, much healthier and much cheaper chicken fried rice myself at home (and I usually make TONS and freeze it in convenient dinner sized portions for later use, so it's actually even quicker and more convenient than take out). But if I go out for Chinese

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  13. kkirw15744 says:

    My fave takeout item is Mongolian Chicken; my next fave would have to be Egg Foo Yung–House special (blend of chicken, shrimp, pork, etc). And have to have egg rolls, lol…and fried rice (again, House Special); oh, and an order of steamed veggies, no sauce!!

    I'm intrigued by Wanchai Ferry; I don't buy any kind of chinese meals from the supermarket; if I'm going to have

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  14. neilsarchett says:

    BBQ Duck.mmm!

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  15. Marizza says:

    Mandarin fried prawns!

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  16. Erin from Long Island says:

    Its so hard to pick one! I love any Lo Mein dish, dumplings, braised pork belly, sesame chicken….

    but the ONE thing I cannot resist no matter what is eggrolls. Yeah, I know.

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  17. Scallywag says:

    salt and pepper prawns!

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  18. Tabetha says:

    My favorite Chinese takeout is Shrimp Lo Mein!!! And I just tweeted it as well. :)

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  19. Kristen says:

    My favorite is Crispy Beef with Sesame.

    couponboss at gmail dot com

    ps I like your blog name…I'm one of those too!

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  20. K says:

    Fave takeout chifood = sweet n sour spare ribs!
    ~K
    http://scr.im/nerak

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  21. jezinthekitchen says:

    Hard to choose … Singapore noodles and Mongolian pork are both so good! I've been eyeballing these Wanchai Ferry meals for a while, but am gun-shy since my last disastrous encounter with frozen Oriental food. Thanks for reviewing – I think I may give it a try now!

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  22. CaSaundraLeigh says:

    Favorite Chinese takeout would probably have to be a baked seafood casserole our local restaurant has!

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  23. Susan K. says:

    My fav is pork fried rice! I do love beef and broccoli also.

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  24. ArchaeologyAnna says:

    MMMmmmmm I think it would be won ton soup and Mongolian Beef!

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  25. ariaunna says:

    Right now, I think I'd have to say orange chicken.

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  26. Paula says:

    It's a toss up between sesame chicken and crab rangoons.

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  27. Jen says:

    Ginger Beef with extra ginger! LOVE it!

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  28. Melissa says:

    Crab rangoons are definitely my favorite! I could eat a whole plate of them!! YUM!!

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  29. Kay says:

    Empress Chicken is my fav!! It's kinda hard to find….not all Chinese restaurants have it. It has a wonderful sweet red sauce….watch out for the "hot" peppers tho.

    I did tweet the above re: your contest.

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  30. will drewry says:

    I would have to say orange chicken, especially when it comes with fresh oranges and veggies, and of course washed down with some loose leaf green tea. tweeted.

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  31. Melissa S says:

    General Tso's Chicken w/ veggie fried rice.

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  32. Lisa says:

    I love beef with black bean sauce.

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  33. dontcallmelisa says:

    Hot and sour soup, egg rolls, and mu shu vegetable or egg fu yung. Mmm! Don't forget the fortune cookies!

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  34. emily.marie says:

    I love Sweet & Sour Chicken and cheese wontons!

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  35. Traveler says:

    I haven't done chinese take out in a looong time. I'm a PG trying to EW. When I think of getting some though, my mouth definitely waters for crab rangoon and this lemon fish dish at a chinese restaurant in Charlotte, NC.

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  36. Heather says:

    Tweeted last night!

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  37. Brandi Lopes says:

    My favorite, is orange chicken with a side of my homeade crab&cream cheese wontons…mmmmm

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  38. Alicia says:

    My favorite Chinese take-out is just some fried rice (pork or chicken) and an egg roll.

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  39. Stacy says:

    Hands DOWN I always order cashew chicken and brown rice. Yummmmmy!!! :)

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  40. jody says:

    general tso's! the spicier the better!

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  41. ~Sarah says:

    Honey walnut prawns! DROOL!

    I'm also quite a fan of Panda's black pepper chicken…

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  42. Elizabeth in Chicago says:

    Pork fried rice. Can't get enough.

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  43. waterformymind says:

    Lo Mein is my go-to item. Yum.

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  44. Ragazzarte says:

    I love beef and broccoli. When we order it I have to be bullied into sharing.

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  45. mouseears2007 says:

    My favorite is definitely orange chicken, though I do like some good Moo Goo Gai Pan or Sweet and Sour Chicken!

    Tweeted with mouseears07 :)

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  46. sverkanya says:

    Cashew chicken..yumm. And when in Seattle and wandering around International District, just about anything from a menu that I can neither read nor pronounce. Delicious.

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  47. Rebecca says:

    Sesame Chicken, or Moo Goo Gai Pan (although I love making it spicy and having them add cashew nuts!)

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  48. Nicole says:

    Beef Teriyaki Sticks

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  49. Nicole says:

    Beef Teriyaki Sticks

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  50. Erutis says:

    sesame chicken!!!

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  51. Mary Beth says:

    Shrimp toast…but only from the Chinese take-out place down the road from me. I'm a snob about my shrimp toast.

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  52. Marykatherine says:

    Mu Shu! Ilove it and i remember the first time i had it at a friend's house. I refused to try it (on account of all the "weird" cabbage" and then my friend's mom goes "think of it as a Chinese Taco". Who DOESN'T love tacos?!? I was sold. And once the wrappers are done plop over rice and it goes for another day. I also love crab ragoon but i stopped ordering it

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  53. katklaw777 says:

    It is hard to nail it down to one…I do luv Moo Shu Pork. That sauce and those wonderful Chinese pancakes you roll everything up in. yum,yum,yum!
    Great giveaway, thanks.

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  54. Michelle says:

    A really great, fresh Veggie Lo Mein will make me smile every time. Mmmmm… And maybe an order of potstickers, too.

    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

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  55. Angie says:

    I'd have to say pot stickers for me, my husband's is definitely beef and broccoli!

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  56. Heidi says:

    salted shrimp, shumai, chow fun…and don tots ; ) i can't possibly pick just one!

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  57. lashwoman says:

    Love Love Love hunan chicken!

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  58. Michelle says:

    There is a small Chinese food restaurant near my house that specializes in vegetarian foods and every time I go I always get the Vegan chicken with broccoli. SO GOOD. However, my favorite dish that I can usually get from ANY Chinese restaurant is Bean Curd Homestyle. Bean curd is another name for tofu! Delicious!

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  59. Michelle says:

    There's a small Chinese food restaurant in my area that specializes in vegetarian food and when I go I always get Vegan Chicken with Broccoli. SO GOOD! However, my favorite dish that I can get from ANY Chinese restaurant is Bean Curd Homestyle. Bean curd is another name for tofu! Delicious!

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  60. Angela from Indy says:

    My favorite dish is shrimp with vegetables, hot and spicy

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  61. Angela from Indy says:

    My favorite dish is shrimp with vegetables, hot and spicy

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  62. Angela from Indy says:

    My favorite dish is shrimp with vegetables, hot and spicy

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  63. evolsilla says:

    sesame tofu is my choice. tofu that is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and that savory, sweet sauce…..too good!!

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  64. Jan Rusk says:

    Honey Walnut Prawns! Start with wonton soup and paper wrapped chicken…

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  65. Kim says:

    Mu Shu Chicken, or chicken stir-fried with asparagus. And you can't forget the steamed dumplings

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  66. ccboobooy(charity) says:

    I love Shrimp Fried Rice & Moo Goo Gai Pan.

    Thanks

    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

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  67. ccboobooy(charity) says:

    tweet

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  68. Rebecca says:

    Mapo doufu; hot and spicy tofu sometimes with pork, sometimes without, but when it's so spicy it makes your eyes burn to look at it, it's PERFECT!!!

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  69. Caitlin says:

    I ALWAYS get kung pao chicken, with either an egg roll or crab rangoons. :)

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