Pork and Pâté Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi)

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Ingredients

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  • 10 cups water (simmering)
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves (medium, peeled)
  • 2 serrano chiles (medium, crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns (cracked)
  • 3 pounds pork butt (boneless)
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots (peeled and coarsely, from about 3 medium)
  • 2 baguettes (Vietnamese or French, not sourdough)
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise (homemade or high-quality store-bought, see Game Plan note)
  • 10 ounces pâté (pork, optional)
  • 1 English cucumber (large, halved crosswise and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick pieces)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves (packed fresh)
  • 4 jalapeños (sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch-thick pieces)
  • 4 teaspoons light soy sauce
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