Neil Perry's Asian-inspired barbecue Christmas feast

Neil Perry's hot weather-friendly Christmas lunch.
Neil Perry's hot weather-friendly Christmas lunch. Photo: William Meppem

Fire up the barbie for Christmas and get an Asian twist going on. These dishes are designed to go in the middle of the table with steamed rice for a fantastic, tasty lunch. They go well together, but they're also flexible: for example, you could swap the quail for turkey steaks – just don't overcook them. Or for an extra vegetable dish, grill some fresh asparagus while the barbecue's still warm and drizzle with oyster sauce.

Grilled pork skewers

Neil Perry's pork skewers with green papaya salad.

Neil Perry's pork skewers with green papaya salad. Photo: William Meppem

Serve with this green papaya salad (recipe here).

BBQ prawns and pepper sauce

Neil Perry's barbecued king prawns with black pepper sauce.

Neil Perry's barbecued king prawns with black pepper sauce. Photo: William Meppem

Barbecued quail (or turkey steaks)

Neil Perry's Christmas feast 2016.

Barbecued butterflied quail. Photo: William Meppem

Island Holiday dessert

EMBARGOED FOR GOOD WEEKEND, DEC 3/16 ISSUE. Christmas food. Recipe by Neil Perry : Island Holiday (mint and mango).

Pretend you're on a tropical island with this refreshing dessert. Photo: William Meppem

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You can also use any summer fruit you like with this Island Holiday dessert – but keep the tangy lychee granita. It makes things far more interesting.