Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

This is my first Thailand-trip inspired recipe! While in Thailand (a recap is coming soon,...

Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

This is my first Thailand-trip inspired recipe!

While in Thailand (a recap is coming soon, I promise!), we took a Thai cooking class at Pantawan Cooking. During the class, we made Tom Saab Moo, a spicy clear soup with pork. For the purposes of this blog, I wanted to lighten things up a bit and make it with shrimp – and zucchini noodles!

What a blast! I had so much fun cooking with Lu in this authentic, friendly Thai environment. The class was taught by one person, but they had plenty of “helpers” and there were even cleaning staff there keeping everything tidy for a seamless, easy cooking experience.

Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

At first, the instructor would cook the recipe in entirety in front of the group, at a master table. Afterwards, we’d go to our “stations” (each student had their own stovetop and area) and cook the demonstrated recipe. We made four amazing dishes and then at the end, we all sat together and ate our individually made meals! It was incredible.

Yes, Lu cooked every single recipe on his own! I was so proud.

The food was SO tasty – and gratifying, because we were having fun and learned so much about Thai cuisine that evening. The cooking school (Pantawan Cooking) was very “authentic” – everything from preparation methods to tools to the whole setup of the school (it was outside, in a traditional Thai-style wooden house.)

Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

At the end of the night, the instructor gave us all printed versions of the recipes, which I clearly was grateful for, because now I have all these recipes at my disposal – and I’m excited to cook through every single one of them!

This was one of my favorites – it’s SO spicy and addictive. I omitted the sugar, subbed in shrimp instead of pork, and added zucchini noodles to make this soup a bit more filling and nutrient-packed.

This soup would be great as a light lunch or an appetizer for dinner – or, if you’re not too hungry, it can be made a meal!

Are there any certain Thai dishes you’d like me to #inspiralize? I have a few more coming!

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Nutritional Information & Recipe

Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 2 points

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Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini (Spicy Clear Soup with Shrimp)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 small piece of galangal if you can’t find, sub in ginger
  • 1 lemongrass stalk tough end trimmed off and other end smashed
  • 3-4 Kaffir lime leaves ripped (if you can’t find, omit – there’s unfortunately no good substitute)
  • 1 grilled shallot sliced thinly (if you can’t grill the shallot, just heat it up in a pan or the oven until charred)
  • 1/2 small zucchini Blade D, noodles trimmed
  • 4 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 small Thai red chilis sliced into 1/4” thick rounds (or thinner for more spice)
  • 2-3 leaves Thai parsley if you can’t find this, sub in cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 - 1/2 lime juiced


  • Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add the water. Once water starts to simmer, add in the galangal, lemongrass, Kaffir lime leaves and shallot. Bring the soup to a boil.
  • Once soup is boiling, add the zucchini noodles, shrimp, chili powder, salt, fish sauce, and mix together. Let shrimp cook for 3 minutes or until opaque and c-shaped. Then, add in the chilis and parsley. Stir well and add the lime juice. Remove the galangal and lemongrass before eating. Serve hot.

Tom Saab Goong with Spiralized Zucchini

with love, Ali

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  • I was hoping for some Thai recipes from your trip. Thanks Ali. Sounds delish.
  • Looks soooo good! Hoping you have a recipe for raw papaya salad coming too :)
  • Ali, this looks delicious but do you have any suggestions for how to cut down on the sodium content in this?
    • The fish sauce is what's high in sodium! The way I personally combat high sodium intake is making sure I drink lots of water with the meal and have a banana (potassium helps regulate!)
  • I'm not seeing the 20% off on Amazon - shouldn't it have started?
    • Unfortunately Amazon delayed us (unbeknownst to us!) - the sale goes live at 4:55pm! Sorry for the delay!
  • Just curious; you said pork was in the original recipe you worked with in Thailand. I can't eat shrimp but think this soup would definitely benefit from an additional protein. How was the pork prepared in Thailand? Shredded? Sliced? Otherwise? Not to say I couldn't experiment with adding pork to this recipe, but I'd love to know how it's traditionally incorporated into the soup. :-)
  • Just made this using some leftover lamb, seriously good, courgetti really soaked up the spicy flavours of the broth! Needed a fork and spoon to devour it! Delist...
  • Oops... Should say delish!
  • Want to try! Where did you find the galangal? I live in NYC and can find the lemon grass and Thai chilies in whole foods but not galangal.
  • Would daikon radish be good in this dish?
  • Ali, did you by chance get the opportunity to cook any Thai curry dishes? Jungle curry is my absolute favorite, as it's a little lightened up because it doesn't contain coconut milk! It was a red curry base with Japanese eggplant, string beans, carrots, bamboo shoots, baby corn and zucchini... amazing! Spicy from the Thai peppers and tangy from lime juice! I'm wondering if you could do a take on this with spiralized carrot & zucchini!