The Jewish Museum

Jewish Britain

A History in 50 Objects


Lokshen-making machine

This machine was brought to England from Russia by a Jewish woman who emigrated at the end of the 19th century. Lokshen is the Yiddish name for thin noodles. It is traditionally put into soup (often chicken), or made into a sweet baked lokshen pudding with eggs, sugar and raisins and spices. This machine works by passing flattened strips of lokshen dough over a serrated roller which cuts it into thin noodles.

The lokshen machine would have been among traditional items used in an immigrant kitchen at the turn of the century. Immigrant families continued to keep their religious traditions, speak Yiddish and eat familiar dishes from Eastern Europe. As they became more settled and children went to school, English speech and habits filtered into the home.




I am so happy to read the history of the lokshen making machine, as I have an identicle one, that our grandmother used, sitting my kitchen window ledge.



When studying the digestive system and food classsifications in 2nd year biology at school in the early 60's, I was confused and disappointed to receive a dismissive response from both my teacher and classmates, when offering lockshen as an example of a carbohydrate. Being the only Jewish girl in the class, no-one knew what I was talking about,& thought I had just invented a new word to sound clever!!



Lokshen was such a part of our life that as a child I could not understand how a local shopkeeper had never heard of lokshen when I was sent to buy it from a grocery store in the high street

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