Mumbo sauce can be found in many “Chinese chicken wing sub shop” take-out restaurants. The sweet sauce is reminiscent of plum sauce mixed with a pinch of barbecue.
If you have yet to try Mumbo sauce, let your first experience be with a side of fries (don’t get them pre-sauced). The bland nature of the fries allows them to act as a carrier, this way you’ll be able to experience the full flavor of the condiment in all its glory. The sauce is best served with a plate of dark meat fried chicken. The chicken remains crispy just like it should. I’m sure Mumbo sauce is great on fried rice (a classic combination) but the Chinese restaurants that serve Mumbo sauce don’t exactly make fried rice that you’d want to write home about. Chicken wings and Mumbo sauce are great, but I have to say it’s better on crispy fried chicken.
The birth place of this “sweet and sour” sauce and it’s ingredients are greatly debated. But no matter where it originated, there is no doubt that Mumbo sauce and DC go together.
If you live in Takoma Park, try Peter’s Sub Shop and Chinese Food.
Peter’s Sub Shop and Chinese Food
7603 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912