Pigeon, a self-described “love letter to Asian street food,” recently started their weekend residency at Bar Hermanito on Sawtelle. This wok cart pop up fuses Asian dishes with a Mexican flavor – a reflection of chefs Daniel Hernandez’s and Jasmine Zhou’s cultures.
Pigeon is nestled in the alley between Bar Hermanito and Killer Noodle. Their setup is pretty basic – one station has a wok while the other has a deep fryer. Orders can be placed online or in person.
The pozole potstickers were an interesting combo of Mexican-Asian flavors with braised pork shoulder, pozole rojo, cabbage, radish and pozole ponzu sauce. These dumplings were a winner with my family. Even my picky daughter fell in love with them, eating half the order (even though she had already eaten her lunch).
For vegetarians, there’s the Sichuan tempura veggie fried rice. This wasn’t your typical tempura as the vegetables and tofu were fried in a Sichuan spiced batter, served on top of rice with maitake and shiitake mushroom.
My favorite dish was the Carne Asada Chow Fun. It looked like regular chow fun but had carne asada beef and guajillo chilis which gave it a spicy undertone, with bok choy, pickled onions, crispy shallots and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Chow fun can be uncomfortably greasy, but Hernandez did a good job with keeping the rice noodles from swimming in oil. The carne asada was flavorful, making me wish they had carne asada tacos, too.
If insects are your thing, you’re in luck! They even have a smashed cucumber salad which includes chapulines (grasshoppers), though the dish can also be made vegan. Pigeon will be calling Sawtelle home through February and then will fly back in April.