So exactly what is in mumbo sauce anyway? Great question! There have been many theories as to what ingredients go into making this tasty sauce and if you search Google for ‘mumbo sauce recipe‘ you are sure to find a short list of websites with recipes that seem to come close. But, unless you have a secret inside connection at one of your favorites DC area Chinese carry outs (which we don’t), you’ll never find out.
We here at Capital City Mumbo Sauce aren’t at liberty to share our secret recipe, but we can confirm it contains a tomato sauce base, sugar and a whole lot of LOVE! (photo source)
What do you think is in the secret sauce?
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup water
- About 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (recommended: Texas Pete)
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- House seasoning, recipe follows
- 1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
- Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil
In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the house seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.
- 1 cup salt
- 1/4 cup black pepper
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
So, what’s in a name? Well, depending on which part of the Washington Metropolitan area you are from, your opinion may vary. To be honest, it really doesn’t really matter what you call this deliciously wonderful sauce but to make thing easier, here are the general rules for the two types of spelling:
Typically “mambo sauce” refers to the local DC band. From their website:
the electric-red mystery concoction that is a staple comfort and must-have of Washington, DC, has found itself a namesake, and a sound. Mambo Sauce (the band) brings to life a tapestry of unparallel musicianship.
On the flip-side “mumbo sauce” almost always refers to the sweet and tangy condiment. Here is what Wikipedia has to say:
Mumbo sauce or mambo sauce is a condiment found in Chinese carryout restaurants in Washington DC. The red sauce is similar to a barbecue sauce but sweet and tangy, the sauce is put on chicken wings, french fries, and fried rice. Its origin and ingredients are subject to great dispute. Most suggest the sauce is unique to Washington DC while others suggest it emerged from a barbecue restaurant in Chicago run by Argia B. Collins, Sr. Several references are made to it in the history of buffalo wings. Mumbo sauce can be contrasted with Asian brown sauces.
So which is correct? Neither. Say want you want because if you are from the DC, MD or VA area, people will know exactly what you are talking about.
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