The Global Pantry: 7 Items to Buy Now

From a new tomato variety to a lush single-vineyard wine from the U.K., we rounded up the best foods, condiments, cookbooks, and spirits from around the world to seek out in 2016.

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Delicacy to Try: Bak kwa

Bak kwa is a Chinese pork jerky, marinated and grilled rather than dried. Originally from southern China, variations are now made around Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. It’s said to be the food item most smuggled into the U.S. by travelers from those countries. There are a couple of companies in California (, that make very good versions of it.