Good Food - Esther Han

Esther Han


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Esther Han is the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald

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.

Food News | 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

Chinese lead way in boost to winery visits

NCH/SMH - NEWS - Hungerford Wines in the Hunter Valley,   General Manager, Adrian Lockhart in the barrel room.   Photo by Marina Neil - 5th February 2014

Once they came for the Rock and the Reef but international tourists are increasingly likely to add a winery trip to their Australian holiday itinerary, the Chinese driving demand.

Drink | Esther Han, Rachel Browne | Thu Feb 20 03:00:00 EST 2014

Love your guts: world 'hearts' Aussie offal


Australians love steak, but our aversion to the bits left behind has made us one of the biggest purveyors of offal in the world.

Food News | Esther Han | Sun Jan 26 03:00:00 EST 2014

Three-week festival to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chef Chui Lee Luk

Forget the garnish and condiments - each dish in Chui Lee Luk's Chinese New Year banquet will be laden with symbols and good omens.

Food News,Good Food | Esther Han | Sat Jan 25 03:00:00 EST 2014

Pop-up pandemic gives chefs a bite at fruitful food market


It took just 10 days, but Jared Ingersoll was able to transform an abandoned, rinky-dink Chinese diner at the back of a dilapidated Pyrmont pub, into

Food News | Esther Han | Sat Jan 18 03:00:00 EST 2014

Long way from the humble tuna can: ecolabels reach menus

Tom Kime

No longer will sustainable seafood logos be simply slapped on cans of tuna. The blue ecolabel is set to appear on fine dining menus.

Food News | Esther Han | Tue Jan 14 03:00:00 EST 2014

Online fresh food delivery services go bananas

Fresh delivery: Jane Drummond and Andrew Knight look after the Dangar Island Harvest Hub.

Community-based fruit and vegetable shopping is flourishing.

Food News | Esther Han | Fri Jan 10 03:00:00 EST 2014

Bean prices plummet but no bargains for coffee drinkers


A global glut has caused coffee bean prices to tumble but Sydneysiders might end up paying more for their cappuccino than ever.

Drink | Esther Han | Sun Jan 05 03:00:00 EST 2014

Guillaume's dining mecca sails into sunset

Last service for Guillaume Brahimi.

The midnight fireworks didn't just close 2013, but marked the end of the much-lauded restaurant, Guillaume at Bennelong, housed in the southernmost sail of the Opera House.

Eat Out | Esther Han | Wed Jan 01 03:00:00 EST 2014

Food safety tips for Christmas

As Australians dish up Christmas feasts, health authorities are urging the public to follow basic food safety tips to avoid food poisoning.

Food News | Esther Han | Tue Dec 24 16:32:30 EST 2013

Junk food ads disguised as apps, games to lure children, warn advocates

Children are being bombarded with an increasing number of ''subtle and insidious'' junk food advertisements dressed up as mobile phone app games and social media competitions, prompting health...

Food News,Good Food | Esther Han | Mon Nov 25 03:00:00 EST 2013

Poker machines rejected as pubs vote for food and fun

East Village Hotel in Balmain.

The poker machine was once hailed as the money spinner that helped keep pubs afloat. But a new breed of young publicans is rebelling against the pokie dollar.

Eat Out | Esther Han | Sat Nov 23 03:00:00 EST 2013

Hotel dining: Sorry, boys, now it's mostly about the upmarket ladies lounge

Welcome Hotel

The last vestiges of the pub as a male preserve are being ripped out in a fresh wave of Sydney hotel renovations as owners chase women with ever classier food, drink and decor.

Eat Out | Esther Han | Tue Nov 19 03:00:00 EST 2013

Organic food: Companies pay $50,000 for Chinese certification

Sheri Fogarty and daughter Kristy.

Australian food producers are spending up to $50,000 to be certified organic by Chinese authorities to crack the burgeoning middle-class market of the Asian superpower.

Food News | Esther Han | Sun Nov 17 03:00:00 EST 2013

Fine dining ... with a $10,000 bill

Peking Duck pancakes at Zilver restaurant in Pitt St Sydney. 8th October 2013

Long-known as cheap and cheerful, Sydney's Chinese restaurants have gone high-end, with multimillion dollar venues opening in the past two weeks promising top-notch feasts in palatial surroundings.

Eat Out | Esther Han | Sat Nov 16 03:00:00 EST 2013

Australians are shunning soft drinks for healthier choices: report

Generic fat person photo with empty coke bottle  Saturday 14 October 2005  SHD NEWS Picture by JANIE BARRETT DIGICAM 0000

Australians are shunning cola, lemonade and ginger beer in favour of healthier choices such as tea and fruit juice, with only half the population now swilling soft drink at least once in an average a...

Drink | Esther Han | Tue Nov 12 03:00:00 EST 2013