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.

ho rang I revamp - these wooden tables create a cosy and homely atmosphere

Dining area

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.

Ho Rang I’s appetisers (banchan) are made in-house, so don’t expect to see the same ones each time

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’

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