This is the famous 東星斑. A beautiful fish. It can come in a variety of colours ranging from red to pale gray to brown. With small blue spots all over its head, body and fins. Its flesh is soft, flaky, and quite tasty. Actually some people consider its taste to be on the “thin” side. But it is easy to cook because even a bit overcooking does not spoil the texture or taste.
Its cousin, the Spotted Coral Grouper 西星斑, looks similar. But its spots are larger and elongated.