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Old 07-05-2005, 08:46 PM   #1
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How many different dishes in the world?

I have no way to scientifically back this up, but I have a suspicion.

I am wondering, if I were to start now (age 29), would it be possible for me to eat three dishes a day and never repeat a dish until the day I die? I think it just may be.

Any thoughts?

Food for thought, anyway.

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Old 07-05-2005, 09:10 PM   #2
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consul i'm pretty sure you'll never eat the same thing twice with all the twists on one dish and a twist on another. the possibilities are pretty much endless.
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:11 PM   #3
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consul i'm pretty sure you'll never eat the same thing twice with all the twists on one dish and a twist on another. the possibilities are pretty much endless.
...not to mention all the new dishes created every day...
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:13 PM   #4
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oh yeah those too andy. and new ones yet to come
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:17 PM   #5
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Well, I was trying to avoid slight variations on dishes as an issue. Omitting the basil from the otherwise same old spaghetti sauce doesn't really count as a new dish to me.

This subject came up while my mother and I were watching (the original) Iron Chef. We were speculating on how many dishes old Kaga got to try over the course of the six years it ran. I think the final total was somewhere over 2,500 dishes. So of course we started extrapolating from there.
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You could do this and still have plenty of dishes to share. Say you start with every single restaurant in America, ommiting duplicate or variant but similar dishes. By the time you'd finish, thousands of new restaurants with hundreds of thousands of new dishes will be waiting for you.
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Heck... all it takes is one single urban chinese fast food restaurant to get you through your first few months of experimentation. By mixing different combinations of 4 sauces, 10 vegetables and 5 types of meat they put together a menu with 100 different dishes.
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Cool! Thanks to everyone responding thus far. It's nice to know there's a whole culinary world out there.

And to think so many people eat the same old dishes for all of their lives. A pity, really.
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:48 PM   #9
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Just think of how many cookbooks in how many languages there are!
Darren - you ought to try to eat something different each meal for a month and tell us your daily progress.
It would be quite fun indeed!
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You might have to travel to some out-of-the-way places to get some ingredients but how bad could that be?????
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