I have visited Hong Kong and China many times for business but this time my husband and 11 year old son will be joining me for 5 days at the end. My husband and I are pretty adventorous eaters (for Canadians) but my son is less so. He loves har gow, char sui, squid and plain white rice. We will be eating primarily Chinese food but I don't want hm to feel too hard done by. We're staying at the Holiday inn in TST. We like to just wander around and explore neighbourhoods so I'd like to have a list of food possibilities scattered around the city with a few destination restaurants that we'll plan a day around. I don't want anything too fancy because we don't dress up or make reservations. If you could indicate the addresses and nearest MTR stop it would be very helpful. I have tried to do my own research before coming to you, oh China & Southeast Asia Chowhounds, but you all know the terrain so well it is hard to follow your conversations. Here's what I've got so far:
Tim Ho Wan - I know there are line ups so we'll plan a bit for this.
seafood, Lamma Island or Sai Kun? - I have done the pick your live seafood type restaurants in China but always with a Chinese national to negotiate the deal with fantastic results but can a non-Chinese speaker order something delicious with just pointing?
Won ton soup - there's a place I've been before on Middle Road across the street from the Sheraton Hotel in TST but if you have other suggestions that would be great
Dim sum - I've been to Maxim's and I know it is not your favorite but it is great theatre. It would be good to have another option though in case we don't have time/patience to wait in another line.
Sichuan - San Xi Lou?
Shenzhen - we'll go for a day. I had an pretty good meal in Luohu once but I have never been able to find the same place again. Any ideas for easy to find casual restaurants near Luohu or Dong Men?
Street food market - Temple Street Market?
Brew pub - The Pawn?
Also we will be there the week of the May 1st holiday, is the city going to be a mad house? Will restaurants be open? Definitely not a good day to go to Shenzhen but would the border have calmed down by the 3rd?
I really appreciate your help!