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

Rated as 4 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...

I followed recipe exactly. Slightly sweet with a little heat. Texture is on the thinner side, over all great!

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