Country of origin: Malaysia / Indonesia (Wild-Caught)
Other names: 石斑鱼(Shi Ban Yu), Kerabu, Garoupa, Orh Gau, Gau Hi
Meat is firmer and usually thicker compared to snappers, and the tail section can be prepared in other ways such as fillet (which can be deboned*) and slicing, hence cooking methods are more versatile compared to fillets.
*Please note that even though the deboning process is done with stringent control, it is important to check for the presence of bones before feeding children and elderly.*
Great value for money, tail is 'less valuable' than fillets simply because demand is not as high compared to fillets that are softer and boneless, but for experienced chefs, tails are very worth the purchase!