>Ramen is the way to go - but you are going to pay for it
Hmmm, that probably comes from eating too much of the cheaper powdery brands. Sapporo Ichiban is not as widespread as Top Ramen and Maruchan in US supermarkets, but is commonly regarded as much better.
If flavor is the issue, the many different ethnic brands have tons of wildly different flavors. For example, Indian brands often have curry flavors. I personally like Korean spicy seafood noodles, which are really spicy. I couldn't bring them on a backpacking trip last year because a friend wouldn't have been able to handle the spiciness.
I personally could eat ramen every day for days on end (and have done so in younger days).
>I have seen several "Top 10 foods that will kill you" and
>Ramen noodles is always in the top 10. I seen quite a few
>people mention ramen noodles on the forum. Is that not a
>concern for anyone?
Instant noodles are high in sodium and fat. You can reduce or eliminate the sodium by not using part or all of the flavoring packet. Noodles do not normally contain fat, but instant noodles are deep fried to dehydrate them. As Mark mentioned, some newer instant noodles are air dried instead.
However, the original post was about maximizing caloric density so the cheap deep fried instant ramen is good for that goal.
People also mention eating Pringles on this forum. Obviously, both are bad for you. It doesn't matter for a short trip, but you might not want to eat them for months on a long thru-hiking trip.