Bak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/InstagramBak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/Instagram
Bak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/Instagram

What is bak kwa, and why do Chinese, Malaysians and Singaporeans crave it at Lunar New Year? Hint: it’s a little like jerky

People pay high prices and queue for ages to get their hands on this salty-sweet dried meat, but where, and how, did it originate?

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Bak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/InstagramBak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/Instagram
Bak kwa is a popular snack at Lunar New Year – and all year round. Photo: @jocakezbake/Instagram
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