Travel Picks: 10 iconic dishes and where to eat them

Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:29pm EST
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(Reuters) - 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.

Reuters has not endorsed this list.

1. Pastrami Sandwich - New York City

Neighborhoods 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 neighborhood.

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 - 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.   Continued...