Friday, January 22, 2016

Shio, Shoyu Ramen, and Tsukemen at ロックンビリーS1 (Rock'n & Billy Super 1), Hyogo JAPAN


Shio Ramen - Hinai chicken broth, chicken breast, menma, onion, scallions, yuzu zest
Shoyu Ramen - Hinai chicken broth, chicken breast, menma, onion, scallions
This is definitely one of the best ramen shop I've been so far! Recommended by many other foodies and ramen experts, 嶋崎 順一 Junichi Shimazaki's ramen has been ranked as one of the best ramen in Tokyo or as one of the "Tokyo Ramen Gods".

Made purely by one of the best species of chicken in Japan, (Akita's Hinai chicken) the chicken broth is clear and very delicious!! On top of that, chicken fat to make this bowl of ramen more addicting. The chicken breast pieces have great texture and tender. The bamboo shoot is actually crunchy (the veggie type of crunchy/crispy) and well prepared without any unwanted odor or taste. The ramen itself is thin and bouncy. It matches with the clear chicken broth perfectly.

I highly recommend all three ramen: shio, shoyu, and tsukemen. (They are all ranked #1 in 2012-2013 Ramen Reward in Japan) Of course, if you want me to really pick one, Shio ramen is the one that you can truly taste the pure Hinai chicken's flavor without any other add-on flavors. It's actually my favorite out of the three.


Ramen Shop frontal - take the left stairs up to Shimazaki-san's shop!


Locating at an unfamiliar residential neighborhood of Amagasaki-shi in Hyogo Perfecture, the ramen shop "Rock'n & Billy Super 1" stands out from the others with Shimazaki-san's large signage and bright lighting.

Menu
Another interesting fact is that there is no vending machine, so you actually order through the server or chef. (Not that common for ramen shops)

The chef, 嶋崎 順一 Junichi Shimazaki

Shimazaki-san actually first learn how to make ramen at the age of 16. He practiced at home and opened his "69’N’ ROLL ONE" ramen shop in 2005 at his home town Machida in western Toyko. Not only his tasty Akita chicken ramen is famous, his punch-perm hairstyle, Rocking fashion, and the way he strain his ramen noodle are very memorable. Since opening his ramen shop, he received many rewards from his Tsukemen, Shio, and Shoyu ramen rewards over the years.

However, in April 2014 his Tokyo "69’N’ ROLL ONE" ramen shops was permanently closed. he secretly moved to Kansai region and opened his new shop in a small town of Amagasaki in the Hyogo Perfecture after a few months. The new shop is now called ロックンビリーS1, "Rock'n & Billy Super 1" in English.

Shimazaki-san warming up bowls before pouring broth 
From what I heard about Shimazaki-san's Tokyo ramen shop, it used to be a "quiet ramen shop," which doesn't mean there's no one there. There's actually very popular ramen spot, but people have to be quiet and well-behaved. Watch this video, and you will know what I mean.


Ramen Top30 - #29 ラァメン家 69'N'Roll One (東京... by StevanLou

At his new Hyogo shop, he also disallows mobile phone being used within the shop, and I assume no photos are allowed as well? But I was lucky enough to take some nice photos after I asked Shimazaki-san for permission. (**That's one of the golden rules when visiting restaurants and coffee shops in Japan. I've heard stories of people being kicked out because they are taking photos inside the shop. Ask the chef or server politely in Japanese before you take any photos.)

Quick intro of Chef Junichi Shimazaki 嶋崎 順一 at the bottom of Japan Ramen Newspaper's link:

Shio Ramen

As mentioned before, the broth is based on Hinai chicken. You might ask, what's so special about Hinai chicken? Hinai chicken 比内鶏 (grown in the town of Hinai, Akita perfecture 秋田県 in Japan) is known as one of the three most remarkable chicken species in Japan (the other two are Satsuma chicken 薩摩地鶏 and Nagoya Cochin 名古屋コーチン ) They are all known for the excellent meat quality by the species (bred from old poultry), feeding management, and great natural habitat. From that being said, you can imagine how delicious the broth is made with 100% Hinai chicken.

Shio Ramen - Hinai chicken broth, chicken breast, menma, onion, scallions
For Shio ramen, the broth is very pure and clear. It is the one of the best chicken soup I've ever had. It is flavorful and I can taste the sweetness of the chicken. The chicken fat is another essential ingredient that makes this broth addicting. It doesn't feel oily or too filling from drinking the broth by itself. The aroma of the chicken fat makes it heavenly great, especially when slurping with the thin ramen noodles! Chef also added yuzu lemon zest with the toppings as well along the side of the bowl. It definitely adds freshness to the pure Shio ramen.

Shoyu Ramen - Hinai chicken broth, chicken breast, menma, onion, scallions
Shoyu Ramen

Using the same Hinai chicken broth-base, Shoyu ramen is flavored with only a few drops of soy sauce. It is one of the lightest shoyu ramen, but very delicious from the chicken broth!

Tsukemen
Shimazaki-san's tsukemen won the First Place in Japan's "TRY ramen reward" in 2012
Below, it explains how to enjoy the delicious tsukemen in 5 steps! 
It is very interesting to try out his tsukemen! Although I already had one bowl of Shio ramen, it didn't stop me from ordering his famous tsukemen, which have 5 steps/ways to enjoy.

1. TASTE THE COLD KOMBU BROTH & ENJOY THE SOME RAMEN WITH IT - The ramen is already washed with cold water after cooked, it is then served with cold kombu broth (pure broth with no sugar or salt added) along with toppings like chicken breast, menma, lemon, wasabi, and cilantro.

2. ENJOY THE RAMEN WITH THE HOT BROTH - Shizamaki-san handed me a second bowl, which is the hot broth with scallion topping. Dip the cold ramen into the hot broth and slurp! I was expecting the hot broth to be very salty, but it's just right! The dipping of cold ramen and hot broth makes the ramen just the right temperature to slurp without hesitation.

3. TAKE A SMALL BITE OF THE LEMON TO REFRESH THOSE TASTE IN THE MOUTH - I thought the slice of lemon was an ornament, but it's actually to refresh the taste in your mouth before enjoy the next step.

4. CONDIMENTS ARE PUT IN TO ENJOY THE NOODLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS - there is a small plate of condiments. Putting in different condiment each time to enjoy the broth differently.

5. COMBINE THE TWO BROTH AT THE END - After finishing the noodle, combine the two broths together to taste the fusion!

Me on the left!
Before I try Shimazaki-san's ramen, I already heard too much great things about it, especially his Shio Ramen. I actually visited his shop with very high expectation in mind, and it turns out nothing disappoints me!! If you are ever around Kyoto or Osaka, don't forget to try his Shio Ramen!

ロックンビリーS1 (Rock'n & Billy Super 1)

Address: 
3-29-13 Minamitsukaguchicho Amagasaki Hyogo, Japan
                兵庫県 尼崎市 南塚口町 3-29-13

Phone: Not available


Hours: 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Holiday

Closed
11:00am – 2:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm

11:00am – 2:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
11:00am – 2:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
11:00am – 2:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
11:00am – 2:00pm, 6:00pm-9:00pm
11:00am – 3:00pm
11:00am – 3:00pm

Website:
http://tabelog.com/en/hyogo/A2803/A280304/28040893/

Facebook page:
http://on.fb.me/1SPTF5Z

TIPS:
Be sure to visit early before his soup runs out.
Ask before taking any photo inside the ramen shop.
Note that holidays have shorter business hours

9 comments:

  1. They all looks so good. I want ramen :(

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope you already have some nice ramen by now! ^^

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  2. Thank you for posting about this! I love ramen & my husband wants to visit Kyoto soon. I will definitely check this out when we visit.

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    1. Very cool! I hope you already made a trip there! Kyoto to Hyogo will take around 1 hour? I wish I can go back very soon too! :P

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  3. I would love to try all 3 ramens-shio, shoyu, and tsukemen

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    1. Oh Yes you definitely should if you made a trip all the way there! It's worth it!! ^^

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  4. Because I'm reading your blog from the recent to the older I can notice how you are evolving about everything,even when even your pictures are pretty great (I guess you studied photography, the pictures don't look amateur) and you pay very attention to details, there something more elaborated and polished about your writing.

    Taking back to the article, I'm liked very much, I always got hungry reading your blog no matter if I already ate.

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  5. what a great review i love learning about the food and their culture in one place..i cant wait to hear more

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