Growing up, it was always a treat when my parents brought my brother and I to one of the Chinese bakeries in town. The smell of pastries was always wonderful and we would stare endlessly at the display of cakes, cookies, pastries, and breads. One of my favorite treats were these chewy banana mochi rolls. I love the chewy texture of mochi and it is one of major weaknesses! I do remember these rolls with a very artificial banana flavoring so with my recipe I opted to use fresh bananas.
I don’t see these chewy banana rolls anymore in the bakeries in town. Perhaps, they are just not as popular anymore so the bakeries stopped making them. But, to me they will always bring back memories from my childhood. I hope I can inspire you to make these from scratch if you remember them from your childhood as well.