Esther Han

Esther Han

Consumer Affairs Editor

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Esther Han is the consumer affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald. She was previously the food and wine news writer for Fairfax Media.

Sydney restaurants put diners' data on the menu

Monique Atlas at Mejico restaurant, which enhances the dining experience via customer profiling.

In recent days at his beachside eatery the Duck Republic, owner Geoff Bramann has dazzled customers with his hospitality skills to the point where he is being called a magician.

Food News | Esther Han | Mon Oct 05 09:16:45 EST 2015

Fresh fruit in, biscuits out: How Australia's typical grocery basket is changing

Shopping List

Fresh fruit has become the second-best selling grocery category this year, leaving staples such as milk and chilled meats in its wake.

Food News | Esther Han | Mon Sep 14 07:15:32 EST 2015

Telling porkies: Pork brands caught making false 'free-range' claims

Some traders were deceptively using the terms

If you buy 'free-range' pork believing it's from pigs that can move about in a paddock, the ACCC says you have most likely been misled.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Sep 03 12:21:39 EST 2015

Are Australians getting sick of beer? Summer peak beer consumption is on the slide

As summer rolls around, Australians naturally drink more beer. But each yearly peak in consumption is on the decline, study finds.

Drink | Esther Han | Mon Aug 31 09:24:03 EST 2015

Avoiding MSG? Try memorising the 129 terms food companies prefer to use

Selected supermarket products which contain MSG despite their labels stating otherwise. 6th August 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

Dozens of foods on supermarket shelves say 'No added MSG' when this is far from accurate.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Aug 06 13:32:52 EST 2015

How eating hot and spicy food may help you live longer

Eating spicy food every day could lower the risk of death, researchers say.

Each time you drizzle Tabasco on your food, ask for kimchi top-ups and munch on fresh chillies, you may be lowering your risk of death, new research suggests.

Food News | Esther Han | Wed Aug 05 08:46:57 EST 2015

Laying out the facts on free-range egg prices

Paying a little more may get you free-range eggs laid by hens that can bask in the sunlight, but price is no guarantee of that.

Food News | Esther Han | Wed Jun 10 09:34:32 EST 2015

Kellogg's reveals the breakfast cereal that gets 1.5 stars

Kellog's  has relented to months of pressure to include health star ratings on its cereal products.

Cereal maker Kellogg's has finally revealed its health star ratings. So which of its breakfast foods is bottom of the class?

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Apr 23 10:10:59 EST 2015

Sydney food trucks unite to ensure they're no flash in the pan

Food truck

It's flattering; hungry masses staring at you and your truck with "dreamy eyes". But Sydney's food truckers say it is high time the relationship progressed to the next, more serious, level.

Food News | Esther Han | Sun Apr 19 16:44:00 EST 2015

No links between recalled berries and Hep A: Patties

Patties Foods says overseas testing found no links between the fruit and the disease, but the Federal Health Department says its investigation 'is ongoing'.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Apr 16 10:00:27 EST 2015

Coca-Cola's Fairlife foray into dairy dubbed 'franken-milk'

Fairlife milk products appear on display in the dairy section of an Indianapolis grocery store.

Coca-Cola has made its first foray into the dairy market, releasing 'premiumised' milk it claims has double the protein and half the sugar of the conventional sort.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Feb 05 14:41:20 EST 2015

Social media outrage reveals the customers always write

Cadbury Creme Eggs.

When much-loved brands decide to change their products and tweak their recipes, they run the risk of backlash from consumers who have been newly empowered by social media.

Food News | Esther Han | Mon Feb 02 09:40:23 EST 2015

Still want fries with that? Fast-food giants McDonalds and KFC reinvent themselves


Some palatable new competitors are forcing global super-brands to rethink their recipe for success.

Food News | Rachel Browne and Esther Han | Mon Jan 12 12:23:51 EST 2015

Dairy industry wants to slap sports-related health claims on milk

Drinking cows' milk after exercise instead of flashy-looking sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade is a better way to rehydrate the body, a new study shows.

Food News | Esther Han | Mon Jan 05 09:50:24 EST 2015

Animal welfare activists target Sydney's Peking duck fans

A row of glossy, freshly roasted ducks hanging by their necks in a restaurant.

Animal Liberation has launched an ad campaign in Chinatown and along George Street to expose the animal cruelty issues plaguing Australia's booming duck industry.

Food News | Esther Han | Mon Nov 03 00:15:00 EST 2014

Label My Fish calls for an overhaul of fishy seafood labelling

Frank Camorra is calling for better labelling on seafood products.

A coalition of environmental groups, restaurants and academics have joined forces to demand reforms to Australia's lax labelling laws, saying too many consumers are being led to believe their seafood...

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Oct 16 00:15:00 EST 2014

Want to really live it up? How about $70,000 on Sydney's most expensive food and drink

The crab taco at Four in Hand.

As we up our spend and hunt for save-for-a-special-occasion dishes, The Sun-Herald has rounded up Sydney's most expensive food and drink.

Food News | Esther Han | Sun Oct 05 00:15:00 EST 2014

When did breakfast hit $20 in Sydney?

The egg and bacon brioche roll at Kepos in Redfern.

Never has Sydney taken the long-touted most important meal of the day so seriously, with many splurging $20 or more on fancy-takes of breakfast favourites.

Good Food Month | Esther Han | Fri Sep 26 23:45:00 EST 2014

'Ottolenghi effect' spicing up Sydney's dining scene

Yotam Ottolenghi

Food critics, cookery writers and trend experts around the world have pinpointed media-savvy Ottolenghi as a major reason why sales of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients have gone through...

Good Food Month | Esther Han | Tue Aug 26 00:15:00 EST 2014

More diners booking a table for one

Claire Press

The rise in the number of people living alone, and advances in technology, are increasingly removing the stigma of dining alone.

Food News | Esther Han | Sat Aug 09 00:01:00 EST 2014