This was borne out of experimentation and improvisation. I wanted to make tea-smoked duck but didn't have all the ingredients, so I improvised with what I could find in my pantry. It worked so well I decided to try smoking steak instead. You'll need a heavy pan that can accommodate a steamer rack.
Liberally sprinkle salt on both sides of the steaks. In the meantime, line a heavy pan with heavy duty foil. Cover the bottom of the foil with a thin layer of tea leaves, followed by rice, sugar, and spice. Cover and heat until very hot. Pat the steaks dry and place in a steamer rack. Put the steamer rack on the pan. Cover tightly. Heat on high for at least 1/2 hour, depending on desired doneness. Remove and let sit for about 10 minutes before slicing thinly.
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