Baba’s Kitchen – Tastes of India to Vietnam

On September 2, 2011, Baba’s Kitchen opened its first restaurant on Bui Vien Street in Pham Ngu Lao. With a packed grand opening, Babas changed how customers viewed Indian food in Saigon. It would also set the standard for Customer Service very few competitors can equal even to this day.

The success of Baba’s kitchen

The person responsible for this is Robin Babu, the owner of Baba’s Kitchen. Robin was born and raised in Kerala, located in the southwest region of India. He decided to move to Vietnam to help his relative open one of the first Indian restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. After several years, he had opened several more restaurants in both Vietnam and Cambodia. Then, with his experience in the Vietnamese market and the support of his friend, Frank Vossen, Robin decided to open Baba’s Kitchen.

There are many key ingredients in making an Indian restaurant successful. Robin knew them all. He brought the familiar tastes and flavours of India, to Vietnam. This included flying Indian chefs and cooks to Ho Chi Minh City from India. He located the ingredients and spices needed for each authentic dish. Finally, Robin made sure to offer all the dishes customers, including Indians, liked. He even had an Expatriate friend to bring 20 kilos of spices and tea from New Delhi to Vietnam via Kazakhstan!

Customer Service

The most important key ingredient to the success of Baba’s Kitchen is customer service. Robin, and his staff works hard to make sure you, his customers, get the best cuisine India can offer. This is why he, and his staff at Baba’s Kitchen, prides themselves on customer service.

If there is ever a problem with your order, be assured, Baba’s Kitchen will do everything possible to make you happy.

Baba’s kitchen support during Covid-19 time

During the Covid – Lockdown, Baba’s provided totally over 150,000 free meals to hospital staff and patients who otherwise could not buy their meals from the food vendors that were closed.

This included about 550 meals daily for the staff and patients of Saigon Children hospital nr-1 and nr-2. The kids particularly enjoyed the weekly pizza treat, to the point they are still requesting this today. And we are trying to oblige at least once a month.

Over 2000 food relief packages were also delivered, containing 5kg of rice, instant noodles, cooking oil, soy sauce, sardines, and milk to families with kids.

The Baba’s team of 17 people and a few volunteers contributed their time 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, in addition to over 3B Vietnam dong invested to fund the meals and food.

To order or make reservations visit their website:

Belgo Belgian Craft Beer Brewery opened their 3rd restaurant

After Da Kao – D1, Le Ngo Cat – D3, Belgo has just settled down on the fizzy Phan Xich Long Street in Phu Nhuan district.
A multiple floors pub, with a frontage reminiscent of the Flemish pediment, you will recognize the Belgo signature.
Let’s congrats 👏👏 them by visiting their new restaurant, and don’t forget to show your BeluxCham membership card to get 15% discount at all the Belgo restaurants.
– 𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐆𝐎 𝐃𝐀 𝐊𝐀𝐎 (Belgo Belgian Craft Beer Brewery)
Add: 159A Nguyen Van Thu, Da Kao Ward,
District 1, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: +84 28 3910 0485
– 𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐆𝐎 𝐋𝐄 𝐍𝐆𝐎 𝐂𝐀𝐓 (Belgo Belgian Craft Beer Brewery)
Add: 2 Le Ngo Cat, Ward 7,
District 3, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: +84 28 3620 5212
Add: 186 Phan Xich Long, Ward 2,
Phu Nhuan District, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel +84 28 3517 0983

BeluxCham Board Members represented Merck Family Foundation to donate to EuroCham’s “Breathe Again Vietnam” campaign

On 22th November 2021, Ms. Tran Huyen Nhung, Head of Communications – Chairwoman of Corporate Responsibility Activities/ Board member of BeluxCham represented Merck Family Foundation, funded exclusively by the private foundations of the Merck family, to donate €100,000 to EuroCham’s “Breathe Again Vietnam” campaign to support Vietnam in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The donation from the Merck Family Foundation will be used to buy N95 masks, PPE protective clothing for healthcare professionals and frontline medical staff fighting the epidemic.
Along with that, this donation will be used to buy essential medical equipment with international quality standards of the Ministry of Health such as non-invasive ventilators, PCR testing machines, autoclaves, syringes, etc. incubators for infants.

Accordingly, a total of 16 hospitals in 5 provinces will be supported by this contribution from Merck. In which, 9 hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City include: Hospital Trung Vuong, Thong Nhat, Oncology, Cho Ray, Tu Du, Children 2, An Binh, Hung Vuong and Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital.
Four hospitals in Hanoi include Viet Duc Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, National Hospital of Textile and Garment, and National Endocrinology. Some hospitals in other provinces include An Giang Heart Hospital, Can Tho Obstetrics Hospital and Da Nang Hospital.

Becamex become the EuroCham champions of the Best INITIATIVE to support Vietnam during the 4th wave of COVID-19

We are pleased to announce that Becamex – our BeluxCham members – has become the EuroCham champions of the Best INITIATIVE to support Vietnam during the 4th wave of COVID-19.
On 3rd December 2021, EuroCham organized a European Night – Business Resilience Awards 2021 to recognize the resilience of our members during COVID-19 and look forward to 2022 with optimism now that the pandemic is being brought under control.
The event also recognised the best of European business in EuroCham’s fourth-annual business awards to award on green and sustainable business, celebrate the resilience and the companies who have supported Vietnam and their workers during COVID-19.
We congratulate and thank Becamex for their great contribution to helping Covid-19 patients and workers Binh Duong province who faced difficulty during the Covid past 4th wave.
Besides, in this event, two other members of BeluxCham, Puratos and Ezland, were also recognized and awarded Breathe Again – Brain Child Award by EuroCham for their contributions in founding and leading the Breath Again fund campaign.
The Breath Again Foundation has had a great impact and contribution to society, until now, the campaign has raised 851,571 euros to buy medical equipment and supplies for hospitals in the regions hardest hit by Covid- 19 of Vietnam.
👏👏👏 Congrats Becamex, Ezland and Puratos 👏👏👏

Geuther Vietnam – how did we manage the Covid-19 lockdown

Geuther is a privately invested Belgian Company that started operations in early 2020, just before the Covid-19. Geuther designs, develops, and manufactures wooden and steel baby furniture for large brands in over 35 countries. Around 250 passionate wood experts produce everything from highchairs, stair gates, playpens, cribs, changing tables, …

Starting operations just before the pandemic was already a challenge but surviving without a single positive case during the complete lockdown was almost a miracle. How did we achieve this and what are the key learnings?

1. Navigate through the lack of information available from Authorities

We observed in May-June what was happening in the North and heard from AkzoNobel Commercial Director Maximilen Schréder that Authorities had asked them to stay inside the factory to avoid any virus spread. After exchanging with other factory owners, we decided to

  • increase our stock level of raw material and semi-finished products to have enough when suppliers would have to close
  • build showers, add toilets, buy tents and prepare the logistics to feed our staff
  • prepare all staff mentally for such a move

We locked 200 staff inside the factory starting 5. July at a time when Authorities In Binh Duong were not able to approve such a move. This was 2 weeks before the Authorities made such a move compulsory

2.  Team spirit and the role of managers

The first week was fun, everyone was positive. Some started building a table tennis table with spare material, others built a body-building station or for the less health-conscious a smoking relaxing area, some played badminton, went jogging around the factory, … As time passed, first workers started to complain about the food, about the temperature, … and some wanted to go home as well, especially when hearing from other factories where almost all had gotten the virus.

The role of managers was key in this situation, especially the HR and the team leaders in the factory. They spent hundreds of hours talking with the workers, explaining how lucky they were to be safe and have a job, added some changes to the menu, bought extra fans, arranged online doctor consultations … They organized every weekend special events, cooking classes, game competitions. I became a French teacher for a while!
We of course lost some workers but ended the stay-in on 23. October with 190 staff.

The whole management team also stayed in the factory, including 2 ex-pats, leading their team by showing the example

3. Contribute to the community

Geuther contributed to the Binh Duong Covid fund and had multiple contacts with Authorities and local hospitals to see how we could help. We donated cribs to one hospital where orphans were sleeping on the floor. Our staff produced changing mats in their free time and many workers offered to donate part of their salaries to help those in need. Amazing to see such a community spirit which at the same gave a purpose to their work

Last Saturday, everyone finally went back home and this Monday, 50 more workers who were not able to stay in will be back at work. A unique experience, sometimes misunderstood in the West, but an experience that has forged friendships, respect, and strong bonds among all.