Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Authentic Homemade Asian "Takeout" from Blue Dragon ~ Review and Giveaway!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Blue Dragon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own.

I cook dinner for my family daily and it's often a struggle to decide what to make. We have our favorites but eating the same few meals each week gets a little boring. I love searching for recipes online and can often find some new ideas but even those searches can be daunting because there are so many options and I don't always have all the ingredients I need on hand. And let's be honest... sometimes takeout sounds really yummy and easy! Our favorite takeout option is Chinese food but (unfortunately for my taste buds) we don't often splurge on that treat.

We were recently introduced to Blue Dragon, a company that provides everything you need to treat yourself to some homemade, super easy, and super fast Asian cuisine! Providing everything from noodles, to spring roll wrappers, to sauces, condiments, and a plethora of quick and easy-to-follow recipes, Blue Dragon has it all.

Blue Dragon was named after the Chinese symbol of good fortune. Over thirty years ago, the founder of Blue Dragon realized that it was nearly impossible to create truly authentic Asian dishes at home because it was just too difficult for people to find all the necessary ingredients in the grocery store. Well, that problem has now been solved with Blue Dragon products and after a quick trip to your local grocery store, you can simply and quickly pull together delicious dishes from China, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam right in the comfort of your own home!


Following some recipes straight from the Blue Dragon website, and using some high quality products that were truly so user friendly, along with a few things I already had in the house, I was able to create three absolutely delicious Asian dishes - in less time than it would have taken me to order, pick up, and bring home my favorite Asian take-out!

Here's what I used:


And here's what I created:




Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound sliced chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups cooked flat rice noodles
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Sprig of cilantro - chopped
  • 1 ratchet Blue Dragon Pad Thai Stir Fry Sauce

Instructions:
  • Heat oil in wok, add the egg, stir fry until almost cooked through.
  • Add chicken and stir fry for one minute.
  • Add pre-cooked and drained noodles and sauce.
  • Stir until heated through
  • Garnish with lime juice and cilantro.


General Tao Stir Fry

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 lb chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • Cornstarch to coat
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 satchet General Tao Stir Fry Sauce

Instructions:
  • Dip the chicken strips in the beaten egg and then toss in the cornstarch.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and carefully fry the chicken pieces.
  • Once browned, add the onion and sauce and continue to simmer for approximately 2 minute until onions are tender and all is heated through.


Ingredients:
  • 4 tortilla wraps
  • 1/2 lb cooked chicken, shredded
  • sliced green onions
  • 4 tbsp Blue Dragon Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:
  • Heat large frying pan over medium heat.
  • Place flour tortilla in bottom of pan.
  • Top with half of chicken, onion, dipping sauce and cheese.
  • Top with second tortilla.
  • Once the base is golden brown and crisp, use a spatula to flip over and repeat cooking on the other side.
  • Repeat with remainder of ingredients.
  • Let sit for 1/2 minutes and slice into wedges.

I adjusted these recipes only minimally from those on the Blue Dragon website simply because I wanted to cook with what I had in my home already since my family was hungry and excited to try our new Blue Dragon products! Beyond the meat, I only needed minimal ingredients. Each dish tasted authentic, and truly delicious! The cooking sauces were so flavorful, the noodles cooked up in a flash, and, because it absolutely deserves it's own shout-out, the Blue Dragon Sweet Chili Sauce is AMAZING.

So again, I was literally able to pull these meals together with less money and less time than it would have taken to pick up Asian takeout. Does it get any better than that? But, I'll be honest - there is something sort of special about treating your family to takeout, so we even served up our creations in takeout containers and used chopsticks. Why not, right?!

We are so excited for the opportunity to offer one of our readers a chance to win everything needed to create your very own delicious homemade take-out experience with the help of Blue Dragon! Your prize will include samples of Blue Dragon Sauces and a cooking kit including a wok, spatula, chopsticks, and takeout containers!

The giveaway runs from Tuesday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 17 at 11:59 PM. Entrants must be age 18 or older. Open to residents of the US only. Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.

If you like to try before you buy, check out a Blue Dragon tasting event at a store near you!
Shaw's in Canton, Waltham, Worcester, and Littleton all have tasting events coming up on 2/15 from 11-4. Or you could head to Market Basket in Nashua on 2/13 from 11-6 or Revere on 2/14 & 23 from 11-6. If you're wondering if there's a tasting at your store and it's not listed here, let me know!

Here are some places where you can get to know Blue Dragon online:
Blue Dragon Recipe Inspiration
Blue Dragon Online Cookbook ~ Chop To Chopsticks
Blue Dragon Facebook
Blue Dragon YouTube
Or search on your favorite social media channel for #BlueDragonMeals

13 comments:

  1. The Fresh Lobster Spring Rolls sound yummy! I would probably try those first but all your recipes look delicious too!

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  2. A shrip chow mein sounds yummy to me.

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  3. We love Chinese and Thai so all these recipes looked so good but I am thinking the spring rolls looked the best to try

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  4. I would make the Broccoli Beef (because yum!)
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  5. My favorite is the recipe for the General Tao Chicken and Rainbow Pepper Stir Fry

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  6. I would like to make Pad Thai.

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  7. I want to try the sweet and sour chicken

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  8. I am really excited to try the Lobster Pad Thai! That looks so good!

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  9. I would like to try the chicken chow mein.

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  10. I think I would try the broccoli beef and cabbage stir fry. Ive never tried to make any of these so its a little intimidating but looks fun and delicious.

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  11. Pshhh, I want to make those sweet chili quesdadillas you made. They look simply AMAZING! Now I'm hungry........

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  12. I'd like to try the Broccoli Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry
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  13. I am most interested in the Sweet and Sour Mango Shrimp with Cilantro.

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