Have you seen this commercial for Wanchai Ferry frozen Chinese dinners?
That panda is so cute. I love Chinese food, but I have not found too many Chinese entrees in my local frozen food department that actually taste good. So while I do rave about the breadth and quality of items available in the freezer these days, I was a bit skeptical. But, they were on sale and figured it was worth giving them a try. My local grocer had four varieties available. I opted for the sweet & spicy shrimp.
Similar to the Stouffer's Anytime Gourmet item that I reviewed earlier, the Wanchai Ferry product come with each component individually packaged in the bag. The first step was to heat a little oil in a non-stick skillet and stir fry the shrimp for 3-6 minutes until brown. You remove the shrimp from the pan and set it aside. Next you add a little water, the sauce packet, and the vegetable packet and bring it to a boil for three minutes. Next you add the shrimp back to the mix and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. The rice comes in a small steam pack that you nuke in the microwave for 2 minutes.
The shrimp are pretty good sized shrimp; not little baby shrimp. Likewise, the vegetables (baby corn, sugar snap peas, red bell peppers, and carrots) are substantial. The sauce is sweet with a little bit of spice, but not overpowering. The rice cooks up perfectly. Their tagline at the end of the commercial is "Restaurant quality Chinese in your grocer's freezer." Not quite, but very close. It is by far the best quality Chinese meal that I have found to date in the grocery store.
If you want to give Wanchai Ferry a try, you can go their website and print a coupon good for $1.50 off a package. There are five varieties available, Orange Chicken, Shrimp Lo Mein, Spicy Garlic Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and the variety I tried, Sweet & Spicy Shrimp.