And you thought bacon was only a Western thing. Not so. The Chinese make all sorts of fantastic pork belly products, and this one, smoked with chile, cinnamon, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn, is one of the best.
When life gives you more fresh herring than you can eat, you pickle them! This style of pickle is a Swedish one called glassblower's herring (no idea why). No fresh herring? You can make this with salted herring, too.