I've recently made two recipes from Epicurious, claiming to be Vietnamese (grilled pork from 6/05 Gourmet and summer steak salad from 6/05 Bon Appetit). Both were very sweet (cloyingly so), with little to no heat whatsoever.
Is this indicative of Vietnamese food or does Epicurious just have it wrong? I had thought that Vietnamese food had much more heat and life to it. These recipes remind me of a combination of mild Thai food and bad Chinese.