Designed by architect Kwan Yow Luen in a style that marries East and West, the shophouses feature walls with moulded designs that recall the reliefs of classical architecture. The images, however, are Chinese dragons and bats. In a local twist to the Chinese tradition of placing guardian warriors by the entrance to one's dwelling, the pillars of the corner unit feature carving of Sikh men, who often employed as guards and policemen during colonial times.
A longstanding tenant of one shophouse is Original Herbal Shop (414 Balestier Road) which is famous for its kwai leng guo (herbal jelly) and also its herbal tea. Another tenant is Rochor Beancurd House (432 Balestier Road), whose owner Mr Xu Kunming, used to sell soymilk from a pushcart.