When some people in the district are ready to eat chicken, they like it with a little something extra on it.
“Mumbo sauce on the side,” Cookie Smith said.
“It's the flavor of the city here,” Jerry Miller added.
Mumbo Sauce is a condiment that can range between dark orange and red in color
Everyone makes there sauce a little different, and most people don't even know what's in it.
“It tastes like it is like a little bit of ketchup, maybe duck sauce, some other exotic ingredient. I don't know. But it tastes really good. I do know that,” Miller said.
The sauce is best known for being sold in DC Chinese Carry Out restaurants despite it being started in the black community years ago.
A food blog said mumbo sauce started in Chicago, but it is easy to find people who disagree.
“As a Washingtonian, it is great to know that mumbo sauce is here to stay,” Miller said.
Many people who are new to the city and unfamiliar with the subculture have no idea what mumbo sauce is.