Heat a large saucepan on medium/high heat. Heat oil, then add shallots and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until they become soft and fragrant. Add pork belly and stir into the shallots and garlic. Increase heat to high and cook for about 10 minutes or until all the edges are seared and browned.
Add fish sauce, pepper and about 1 cup of water. If needed, add more water until the pork is nearly covered. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for about another 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Combine sugar and water to sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. After several minutes of boiling, the mixture will begin to turn to a golden brown. Using silicone spatula (less sticking), stir the mixture slowly as the caramel browns. Do not leave the caramel sauce unattended!
Once the sugar begins to caramelize, it will turn color very quickly. The caramel should have have consistency and color like light maple syrup. As soon as the mixture turns to a medium golden brown, immediately remove pan from heat. Slowly & Carefully add caramel sauce to the pot of pork (if poured too fast the caramel may overreact when hitting the liquid, splattering very hot caramel). Scrape all the caramel sauce into the pork because it’s delicious!
Gently stir the caramel into the pork and continue braising the pork on low heat for about another 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until pork is tender. Make sure to stir occasionally while cooking. After 45 minutes, taste the pork. If it’s to your desired texture, remove from heat.
Slice baguettes lengthwise. Spread some some mayo, pate, and/or soy sauce if using on the interior of the baguette.
Add some pork on the bread. Drizzle some of the yummy caramel sauce over the pork. Add the rest of the ingredients that you want (or like) to the banh mi. Enjoy!
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