Butter Lettuce Salad with Crab and Avocado

Many months ago we went to Carnevino with SA and RL for a superb dinner. SA had been there before, and the first thing that he said was, “I gotta order the Butter Lettuce Salad” … or something along those lines. Anyway, he was really excited about it, and when it arrived at the table, it looked pretty darn good. I tried a mouthful, and my initial thought was “Yum, but no where near enough crab”, and since then, have been meaning to make a super-boosted version of it at home.


Fast forward to today, and I have finally gotten around to trying it out. Whilst recently in the USA, I went to BJ’s and picked up a ton of lump crab meat for a steal – it’s a bit on the pricey side here in Honkers, but every now and then as a treat is entirely manageable!

Butter Lettuce Salad with Crab and Avocado
(serves 4)

You’ll need:

200g cooked lump crab meat (or thereabouts)
2 heads of butter lettuce
2 avocados, roughly cut into large chucks
Handful of chopped chives

Honey Mustard Lime Dressing

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped (optional)
Salt and pepper


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LoveBites Brunches: Oolaa

One of the highlights of the weekend for me is brunch, and an extra special treat is to have friends there enjoying it with me. Brunch must always include eggs, preferably poached or scrambled, and you can never go wrong with some crispy bacon and a Lincolnshire pork sausage on the side. I guess that’s the English in me, although now that I’m in my 30s and trying to be healthier, I’ve had to forgo fried toast, one of those things I devoured after a night out as a student in London, at the greasy spoon around the corner in Camden. Oh man did I love that fried toast!

To quote the great author W. Somerset Maugham, if you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts. Well, if you want to find a good breakfast in Hong Kong, then Oolaa is a great place to look for it! They do eggs really well, and my personal favorite is the Breakfast Bruscetta – diced tomato, avocado, parmesan cheese, red onion and basil on toasted sour dough bread, topped with two glorious poached eggs and a mean Hollandaise sauce. If you want to be healthier, you can always ask for the sauce on the side. And all of that for HK$95 – that is what I call value for money.


Breakfast Bruscetta HK$95


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