10 iconic dishes and where to eat them

Jan 24 2014, 15:39 IST
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Delicious and fresh sushi is available all over Japan but it is perhaps most associated with the sleek culture of Tokyo. (Reuters) Delicious and fresh sushi is available all over Japan but it is perhaps most associated with the sleek culture of Tokyo. (Reuters)
SummaryHere's a selection of 10 of the world's most iconic dishes and the best places to find them.

Food is a hot topic of debate but travel website VirtualTourist has compiled its selection of 10 of the world's most iconic dishes and the best places to find them.

1. Pastrami Sandwich - New York City

Neighbourhoods grow and change but some things stay the same. A fixture in New York's Lower East Side since 1888, Katz's Delicatessen is a holdover from a time that has long disappeared from the old neighbourhood.

Less than a block from the Tenement Museum, which celebrates the immigrants who lived in the area in the early 20th century, Katz's is most famous for its pastrami.

The deli's superiority is so renowned that it has online ordering, shipping all over the United States and to any military address, a tradition established during World War Two.

As luxury hotels and trendy nightclubs pop up around it, the quality and tradition of Katz's ensures it will be a fixture for the next 125 years.

2. Pad Thai Ė Bangkok

One of Thailand's more accessible and less spicy dishes, Pad Thai is many people's first foray into Thai cuisine. Comprised of stir-fried rice noodles, egg, bean sprouts and peanuts, the dish is traditionally served with lime wedges and can be found all over Bangkok's street food scene.

The most famous spot for Pad Thai in Bangkok is Thip Samai, an unassuming storefront across from Wat Thepthidaram in the Banglamphu district.

The restaurant serves original Pad Thai, as well as a "superb" version with Thai noodles served in an omelette.

3. Pizza Ė Naples

While pizza has been reinterpreted all over the world, the original slice can be traced back to the working class neighbourhoods of Naples, Italy.

Traditionally, it was served Marinara or Margherita, with the primary difference being that Margherita features mozzarella cheese and basil on top. It was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was served this style by a young chef when visiting Naples in the late 19th century.

There is no shortage of pizzerias in Naples but two of the most famous are L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Pizzeria Di Matteo, the latter near the Duomo and known for being the place where U.S. President Bill Clinton dined during the Group of Seven conference in 1994.

4. Frites Ė Brussels

Belgium is known for many food specialities, including waffles, mussels and chocolate, but one of its greatest areas of expertise is in frites, or fried potatoes called French fries by some.

Belgian frites are distinct for two reasons

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