WASHINGTON —For African American D.C. natives, Mumbo sauce is one flavor that tastes like home. The unique sauce, which by some has been described as a blend between barbeque and sweet-and-sour sauce, is a staple of the city’s subculture.
As gentrification is changing the city’s mostly Black make-up, and businesses are finding themselves catering to more upscale customers, Mumbo seems to be making its way into the mainstream.
It’s the Washington that exists in hole-in-the-wall joints owned by Chinese and Korean immigrants who long ago learned how to cater to a mostly African American clientele, down to a condiment. It’s the Washington that if you didn’t know where to look, you might never see.