Earlier this week I was on my way home when I passed Stacked Dumpling Bar. Being a big dim sum fan, I of course snapped the menu and went on my merry way. Later that week we had planned to go check out the new pizzas at Gino’s but unfortunately they were out of the big dough balls and small pizza is just not the same, so we decided to go check out Stacked instead.
The restaurant is set over three floors and looks just as stacked as the tiny wooden boxes that the dumplings are served in. The menu has a mix of more traditional dim sum, and other similar international fried delicacies like gyoza, samosas, and empanadas, plus a couple of other random things.
To they have their own brand of craft beers. It being a warm and balmy night I decided to treat my man to one. He has been working so hard lately and deserved a treat. We went for the Golden Ale (5,000) which was very refreshing.
The first thing I had to try were the Xiao Long Bao (4,800). These have always been one of my favourite things to eat and I was eager to see how they fared. The portion was pretty generous at 5 pieces and it came with a box of vinegar, shredded ginger, pickled cabbage and spicy cucumber. After sticking my chopstick in the side to release the soup, I was a little underwhelmed as there wasn’t as much of it as I would have liked. While the soup itself didn’t pack the punch of flavour I was hoping for. It was palatable in a more sublte way and vastly improved when dipped into the vinegar and ginger mix, but not a patch on the Crystal Jade ones.
Second up were the Shrimp and Scallion Dumplings (6,500). Again these were a five piece set, and with the see through rice paper skins they certainly looked legit. They were filled with plenty of shrimp and spring onions, and while they had a decent flavour they were still a touch lacking in oomph. Though TFB still proclaimed them as his favourite.
Thirdly we ordered the Yaki Kyoza (6,000). When done well these are amazing, but I’ve yet to find better than the ones at Menya Sandaime. Sadly these were not in the same league those babies, the texture was right but the flavour of the meat just wasn’t quite the same. However they were still better than any fried mandu I’ve had.
Overall I think stacked biggest pull is the layout and the concept. The dumplings while a good and tasty snack to eat with the beer just didn’t stack up against anywhere you could get real dim sum. I’d possibly go again if I fancied eating light, but after the 15 we tried I was still pretty hungry. If you are looking for a cool spot to grab a beer and some nibbles though it hits the mark.
Stacked is located at 65 Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 1. Walk straight for some time, until you pass Vatos and Maple House. You will see Stacked up on the hill on the right hand side. For more information you can call them on 02-793-8389.