“ Brand: Wanchai Ferry / Type: Chicken „
'As good as your local Chinese restaurant or your money back!' Who can resist such a claim? Particularly when your local Chinese takeaway is excellent! So we bought a box reduced to £1.50 from a supermarket where every little counts, along with the necessary chicken and vegetables.
As we opened the box we were pleasantly surprised by the separate stages that you had to go through, seemed authentic. A packet of this powder, and a pouch of this sauce etc. and of course the freeze dried noodles. I began to look forward to it.
My wife began cooking while I put the children to bed and it smelt delicious, really very good. And then it came to adding the final part of the meal, the sauce. It was at this part that an acrid smell was suddenly given off. Not one to waste food, I made sure it was still dished up.
And as we tasted it was as foul tasting as it smelt. I had a burning sensation in my mouth! It was so bad I had to throw it out. I THREW OUT FOOD! All of it went in the bin, that's how terrible it tasted. I have never thrown out a whole meal before or since.
Quickly I reported it on their website and they refunded me by postal order very quickly. I thought that was the end of the matter and decided never to be Wanchai Ferry again.
However, 6 months later a box arrived in the post with another carton of Wanchai Ferry, a £20 postal order and a letter explaining that they had found a problem with the product, had corrected it and would I like to try it again. We did (but with vegetables only, no way was I wasting more chicken!). True, the acrid burning taste had now gone, which was good. But what was left now was almost as bad. Again I couldn't finish it.
The noodles were rubbery (and that's not a pun) and the taste of the sauce was so overpowering and unsubtle that I may as well have been downing a jar of original paste.
Despite their generosity it goes without saying that I could never recommend this product and will not be buying it again. It was ferry poor!
I was so excited to try this kit as it sounded gorgeous from the description but i couldn't have been more wrong. The noodles were like cardboard, the mushrooms were chewy but what was worst out of everything was the smell when we added the sauce to the pan. It smelt like chemical vomit. Words can't even explain how foul tasting it was. My boyfriend described it's taste as perfume and sick mixed together. Do not buy this product!
I was looking forward to this meal. The kit itself is very well presented and I had high hopes for it. It was all very promising until I added the 'rich black bean and ginger sauce'. A really unpleasant smell, like burnt rubber, started to fill the kitchen as soon as it started to warm up. I continued on, hoping it would taste better than it smelt but it was in vain. I'm not at all fussy with food but both myself and my partner found it completely inedible, nothing like the black bean sauce you might get at your local takeaway or even out of a jar. I can't believe anyone would find this product enjoyable. I think I can say this was the worst meal I've tasted in years. We threw ours in the bin and phoned a takeaway. I definitely will not be buying whanchai ferry again
I was quite excited to try this recipe out as I love mushrooms and black bean sauce. So I had cooked the chicken with the included marinade, added the mushrooms and veggies, and then went to the last step, adding the black bean sauce in.
Immediately after pouring it in, there was this horrifically foul smell from the pan, it was like a very chemical-like and sharply acidic. Smelt like really bad vinegar, but only worse. I thought the smell might go away, so tried some of the food but had to spit it out and throw all the food away as every time I tried it I got nauseous. And this is from me, someone who eats everything and rarely complains about any kind of food.
This is definitely NOT edible!
I think that the quality of this brand has definitely gone down. It used to be one of the best brands in Asia, but the current UK incarnation of it is just bad, and if you look closely at the label, its now made by a western food company called General Mills. You're much better of getting proper black bean sauce at a Chinese supermarket!
In Nottingham,we have a local paper called the 'Evening Post' . Whilst you can buy thisfrom your local newsagent, buying it on the street means you frequently get offered freebies, one of which was this food kit .
Now, normally, I don't really use these kind of kits much, but seeing as I could get one for the 35p cost of the paper, I decided it was worth a bash. Xiang Gu apparently means 'mushroom', and the kit is very mushroom based, consisting of a pack of egg noodles, a marinade, some dried shitake mushrooms, and a black bean and ginger sauce. To this, you need to add Chicken, leek, ginger and mangetout .
The instructions were easy . Simply cut up some chicken breasts, and sit in the marinade for 10 minutes, before rehydrating the mushrooms, and chopping the fresh veg. Then stir fry the chicken for 3-4 mins, before adding the mushrooms and prepared vegetables.
In a seperate pan, boil the noodles for 4 minutes, then add the sauce and the chicken and veg mix. And Voila! Your meal is done .
So, what did it taste like ? Well, personally, I thought it was rubbish. The balck bean sauce was bland and needed far more of a chilli kick, and the recommended vegetables did not offer enough texture . The chicken did cook nicely with a good amount of flavour, but I felt there was not enough sauce to really coat it, and the whole thing when combined with the noodles was dry. The mushrooms felt rubbery, and added very little taste to the dish, and overall, I felt let down .
I didn't pay for my kit- and I'm glad I didn't, because it was rubbish . I think any fool with the aid of a few nice herbs and spiced could provide a better dish, and I will not be buying this again . 2 stars .
I have been shopping online with Ocado for over a year , and I am very happy with the service I receive. Quite often, along with my order, Ocado slip in a new product to try. This week I was delighted to see a box of Wanchai Ferry. I'd seen the advert on the TV for these recipe kits and was keen to try out this 'freebee'.
There are a number of different recipe kits made by Wanchai. This review is for the Xiang Gu Chicken kit. I do no speak any form of Chinese so was pleased to see a translation on the box!. Apparently Xiang Gu (pronounced shang goo!) means Shiitake mushrooms. There you go! Don't say you never learn anything new from Dooyoo!!
So this is a stir fry dish with shiitake mushrooms and noodles. The kit supplies you with a marinade seasoning, rich black bean and ginger sauce, dried shiitake mushrooms and Chinese noodles. It is mildly spicy. You have to add chicken, leek, carrot and mange tout. It serves up to 3 people.
The box is an attractive shade of red, with a mouth watering photo of a stir fry dish on the front. The packaging contains clear instructions on the back. On opening the box you will find all the ingredients provided in individual packets, so 4 in total. The instructions are easy to follow...
Cut up 2 or 3 chicken breasts and Marinade with the seasoning and a tablespoon of oil. (leave for 10 mins).
Prepare the mushrooms and vegetables. The mushrooms are dried and need to be rehydrated, but this is straight forward.
Stir fry the chicken for 3-4 mins, and then add the mushrooms and chopped vegetables. 'Madame Chong' gives you a handy cooking tip, which is basically - you can use whatever veg you want. I didn't have leeks or mange tout, so used courgette and red pepper.
You also need to cook the noodles for 4 mins, then stir through the black bean and ginger sauce. I bunged everything in the wok at the end making sure everything was coated in the sauce. Madame Chong also advises you not to cook the sauce for too long as the dish may loose its flavour.
Does it taste any good?
This was certainly very straight forward to make. The seasoning that coated the chicken smelled very good - quite authentic. When the stir fry was served it looked delicious too. Very colourful. The aroma was pleasant and I was looking forward to my food.
The taste however was very disappointing. The chicken was Ok but too vinegary for my taste and there was only the tiniest hint of ginger. The mushrooms had plumped up well and were a bonus. The noodles were truly revolting. They tasted of soggy cardboard and I only managed a couple of mouthfuls. What a shame; it was easy to make and looked really good, but the flavour was not up to my standards! I would therefore not recommend this meal kit. It would be much cheaper, and tastier, to buy noodles separately and add a jar of stir fry sauce.
I didn't pay a penny for this kit but if you were to purchase one in one of the major supermarkets, it would set you back about £3.30. This is not a cheap meal kit.
Wanchai Ferry are part of the General Mills global brand.