The editor's note

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 April, 2009, 12:00am

With the recession on everyone's minds, Good Eating takes a practical approach and features some value-for-money spots for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and late night bites.

Although some of the city's more luxurious eateries still make an appearance, there are also smaller venues that make ideal places to sit with friends and loved ones, and indulge in comfort food.

Despite the economic woes, a host of new restaurants have opened and we give a round-up of some of the finest. From Thai to tapas, Balinese to British, these new venues should keep your taste buds tingling.

We head into the kitchen to learn about a technique that is revolutionising cooking, and have Hong Kong's status as a foodie capital confirmed by top chefs and food aficionados who say the city's import laws give them access to products and ingredients not available in other world cities.

Macau veteran Lois Iwase hunts out the best dining deals across the water, while our Vietnam correspondent gives us the insight into dining in Ho Chi Minh City, where the food is fresh, fabulous and affordable.

We get the inside scoop on starting your own wine collection from oenophile Shirley Chiu and, to round off the culinary journey, Robin Lynam offers insight into the range of aperitifs and digestifs to begin and end a meal. Be it a smoky single-malt Scotch, a velvety Cognac or a ruby-red port, here's to eating well when times are tough. Cheers!