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Mumbo Sauce - D.C.'s Famous Sweet & Sour Sauce

Rated as 3.75 out of 5 Stars

"Apparently, this sweet-and-sour condiment came to Washington D.C. via Chicago, where it somehow became a staple in Chinese take-out restaurants served as a condiment with fried chicken wings, among other things. This is my version."
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30 m servings 157
Original recipe yields 8 servings (4 cups)


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  1. Place tomato paste, ketchup, sugar in a saucepan. Pour in pineapple juice, white vinegar, lemon juice, and honey into the pan. Add soy sauce, grated ginger, and cayenne pepper. Whisk together thoroughly. Place pan over medium-high heat. As soon as mixture starts to bubble, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking occasionally, until mixture has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from heat; allow to cool about 10 minutes or so. Pour sauce through a fine strainer to eliminate solids.


  • Chef's Note:
  • All ingredient amounts are "to taste," so feel free to experiment.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 157 calories; 0.3 40.5 1.9 0 618 Full nutrition

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Delicious. Might have use a little less vinegar but I like this version. Reminds me of when I was in school in DC!

The recipe as written is sickly sweet and to me, too hot, but I realize that both are subjective. My biggest gripe is that it is out of balance and has no depth of flavor. I would rate it just o...

Good for BBQ burger and Links

If you like spicy this recipe is perfect... if not you could afford to cut down on the cayenne a bit