The family-run Korean restaurant formerly known as Your Woul returns with a new name, look and menu.
Now called Ho Rang I (meaning ‘tiger’ in Korean), this cosy 50-seater is tucked away in a quiet corner of Novena. Each table is divided by a screen that provides booth-like privacy: even with a full house, diners have the illusion of seclusion, and intimate conversation can flow freely without fear of eavesdroppers.
According to owner Edward Chia, this is a key feature as the restaurant is frequented by embassy officials. Ho Rang I serves up authentic Korean cuisine that would do any ‘ajumma’ (older woman) proud.
From home-fermented makgeolli ($40) to housemade gochujang (Korean chilli paste), the restaurant employs closely guarded recipes passed down from Chia’s grandparents. Their appetisers are a delight—just don’t expect to see the same dishes on every visit. These are pickled in-house, using produce from the family’s farm in Korea, so what you see on your table is highly dependent on the season and their supply.
Must-try dishes include their fluffy, yet crispy haemul pajeon (seafood pancake, $22) and gal bi sal (grilled beef short rib bibimbap, $18).
165 Thomson Road. Tel : 6251 0123
Cover : The interior of Ho Rang I
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s January 2017 Issue, ‘Restaurants’