Farmed deer have become a recognisable animal in the New Zealand landscape; they are the descendants of deer that British settlers took to New Zealand to hunt for sport. However, these wild animals inevitably broke free and bred and bred and bred! So began the rapid destruction of our native bush. So, as with most things wild, man decided to tame them and began a culling and breeding process, resulting in numerous farms all over the country, where the meat is now marketed as Cervena. However (enough of the history lesson), you could use any venison meat for this, wherever it comes from. Dried wood ear fungus (or cloud ear fungus) is sold in Asian food shops. Dried shiitake mushrooms can be used instead.