I heard a couple of weeks ago that Uncle Yip's had resumed weekend dim sum, so we piled into the car yesterday along with our Jungle Jim's list. There was only one other table occupied when we arrived at 1100h, but things picked up over the next 15-20 minutes. When seated we were given the dim sum menu, a specials menu and the regular menu.
We ordered gai lan with oyster sauce knowing it would take awhile. They had 3 carts operating: one with the baked goods (tarts, sesame balls, etc), one with congee and a few other steamed items and the third with a variety of steamed goodies. Started with a large bowl of pork congee with preserved egg topped with sliced bread cruller - a fine porky taste just needing a touch of chile sauce. Next off the cart was an order of sui mai and an order of crispy shrimp in bean curd skin, The sui mai was nothing remarkable, but the shrimp in bean curd skin had large chunks of firm, fresh shrimp. The gai lan arrived and was perfectly cooked: still bright green and crunchy good. Since they didn't have any on the cart, we ordered beef tripe with ginger and scallion and this elicited the typical response that a "round-eye" would order what is one of my favorite dishes; the chef even had to poke his head out of the kitchen to see what was going on. We finished off with an order of mediocre potstickers and some nicely seasoned turnip cakes, though they had been sitting for awhile and weren't as crispy around the edges as I would have liked. The bill before tip was ~$22. I'll be back to try some of their rather extensive seafood offerings off the other menus.
On my list I'll put Uncle Yip's slightly ahead of Grand Oriental and definitely ahead of Pacific Moon.
Uncle Yip's Seafood Restaurant - 7275A Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014 - 513/942-6512 - Dim sum served Sat-Sun 11-1500h
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