Good Food - Esther Han

Esther Han

Consumer Affairs Reporter

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

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

Menulog offers vouchers to remove bad reviews


Popular Australian online takeaway service Menulog has come under fire for offering food vouchers to customers to remove negative reviews of restaurants from the internet.

Food News | Esther Han, Saffron Howden | Fri Aug 08 08:47:28 EST 2014

Sydney restaurants: Where we are happy to pay for fine dining

A dish at Guillaume at Bennelong.

Celebrated chef Guillaume Brahimi set to open a new fine dining restaurant, as new figures show patrons of premium restaurants are spending more.

Food News | Esther Han and Inga Ting | Wed Jul 30 15:01:59 EST 2014

Cook-at-home meal kits on the rise as second business enters Australian market

Michelle Honan and her husband Paul Lonergan with their sons Oliver (eldest) and Harry who subscribe to meal kit services where fresh raw ingredients are delivered weekly for their evening meals.
26th July 2014
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

A booming number of families have abandoned their weekly grocery runs, instead opting for services that drop a box of recipe cards and fresh, pre-measured ingredients at their doorstep each week.

Food News | Esther Han | Sun Jul 27 00:15:00 EST 2014

'Deception': Seafood industry wants country of origin labels

Local favourite: some 60 per cent of barramundi is sourced from foreign fisheries.

A plate of crispy-skinned barramundi arrives as you enjoy the ocean view at a Sydney restaurant. The vast majority of the dining public would assume the fish was caught in Australia, but the seafood...

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Jul 03 14:22:43 EST 2014

It's a hungry mile of a new kind as more eager diners get in line

People qeue for up to 25 minutes for Messina Gelato.

You could be forgiven for thinking there were terrible food shortages in Sydney these days, if the number of ever-present queues at Sydney's eateries are anything to go by.

Eat Out | Esther Han | Sat Jun 21 03:00:00 EST 2014

Coles guilty over false 'freshly baked' bread claims

Coles bread

Coles has been declared guilty by the Federal Court of misleading shoppers with claims its breads and other bakery goods were 'freshly baked' when that was not the case.

Food News | Esther Han | Wed Jun 18 14:47:44 EST 2014

Woolies cancels buyers meeting with AusVeg farmers


Woolworths has cancelled a 'critically important' meeting between Australian farmers and 40 international buyers, the growers' peak body claims, in retaliation for their public protest against being...

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Jun 12 16:21:22 EST 2014

Jamie Oliver responds to protest against Woolies levy

Jamie Oliver is aware of the campaign by Australian farmers.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is aware of the storm of protest surrounding Woolworth's moves to charge farmers for its latest fresh food campaign.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Jun 12 09:40:05 EST 2014

Aussie vegie growers beg Jamie Oliver to stop Woolies fee

Jamie Oliver in the Woolworths video.

Vegetable farmers are pleading with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to intervene in their stoush with Woolworths, which began when the supermarket firm demanded they pay an extra fee to fund a new...

Food News | Esther Han | Wed Jun 11 12:36:03 EST 2014

Monster Health Food Company launches star-rating system


A small business that makes muesli has debunked claims from some of the food industry's biggest companies that a new star-rating system will be too costly and impractical.

Food News | Esther Han | Wed Apr 16 03:00:00 EST 2014

Ferran Adria launches 2014 Good Food Month

Night Noodle Markets, Sydney, 2013.

Good Food Month is back in 2014, including the popular Night Noodle Markets, Shoot the Chef photographic competition, and Let’s Do Lunch discount offers.

Good Food Month | Esther Han | Tue Apr 08 17:49:39 EST 2014

Sydney's must-try Korean dishes

Maroo Korean BBQ Restaurant in Ryde.

From the smear of ssamjang sauce on Peter Gilmore's wagyu dish at Quay, to the pile of kimchi accompanying Jared Ingersoll's meat platter at his pop-up, Bottle and Beast, the signs of Korean...

Eat Out | Esther Han | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Banchan - a bit on the side


One of the best features of Korean dining is the colourful spectacle of side dishes laid out at every main meal.

Eat Out,Food News | Esther Han | Tue Mar 11 03:00:00 EST 2014

Glebe cafes doing a roaring trade as local employment rises

Nicholas Vasili manager at Astor  Espresso in Glebe, Tuesday 4th March 2014. 
Photo: Danielle Smith

Glebe's restaurants and cafes are doing a roaring trade, amid tales of financial hardship and news of closures in other areas of the city.

Food News | Esther Han | Thu Mar 06 15:41:10 EST 2014